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The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD has announced the appointment of two new members to the National Council of Curriculum Assessment (NCCA).

Ms Brigid McManus will take over from Mr Tom Collins as Chair of the NCCA. She was previously Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills.

Also appointed was Mr Clive Byrne, Director of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals.

Both positions are for a three year period to end on  March 31, 2015.

The NCCA is a statutory body that advises the Minister on curriculum and assessment matters in early childhood, primary and post primary education.