Slí Eile: An interesting feature of the debate on 'grade inflation' (Leaving Certificate and Higher Education) in recent days is the way in which the story has moved so quickly centre stage following expressions of unease by some industrialists in recent months. Although some had raised concerns - it took comments by a number of key business people to propel the issue to where it is now. Action was take quickly to research the issue. Resolving it will be less easy. First, is grade inflation a fact? A trend towards higher marks does not, of itself, prove the case. A rigorous comparison of scripts and marking schemes would be required. however, there is enough impressionistic evidence to suggest that inflation of grades has been taking place. The fact that economic interests are dictating the agenda should be of concern. All education is to equip learners with the means to grow as humans and as members of society. Development of skills to take play a productive role in the economy is vital but does not constitute the main or sole purpose of education. Ultimately, education is a means for people to relate to others - in caring for others especially the younger and older generations and to behave responsibly towards the coming 7 generations. Its not easy to put a mark on that.