Tuesday 27 September 2016

ASTI keeps its ban on training for reformed Junior Certificate

Katherine Donnelly and Kathryn Hayes

Published 26/09/2015 | 02:30

Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan insisted yesterday that the Junior Cert reform programme would go ahead and said it was 'absolutely' not 'in the bin'
Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan insisted yesterday that the Junior Cert reform programme would go ahead and said it was 'absolutely' not 'in the bin'

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) is continuing its ban on training for changes to the Junior Cert following members' rejection of the deal agreed with Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan in July.

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ASTI members voted No by 55pc-45pc, in a ballot in which 38pc of its 18,000 members voted. The union's powerful Standing Committee yesterday said that it would reissue its industrial action directive, covering non-participation in training and non-co-operation with in-school assessments of students. For the moment, at least, there is no question of the union taking strike action.

Training for the new approach was due to restart in the middle of October, with a view to preparing teachers of English for new in-school assessments of second years next spring.

But the ASTI vote has raised doubts about whether that can go ahead on schedule.

Ms O'Sullivan said that the changes were "a reform that is absolutely necessary for the young people of Ireland and it is one that is being talked about for decades now".

Irish Independent

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