ASTI planning wave of one-day strikes in secondary schools in opposition to Junior Cert reform
ASTI members objecting to Junior Cert changes are now planning a wave of one-day strikes that will close up to 500 schools, forcing 250,000 students to stay a home.
The Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) is ratcheting up its campaign of resistance against the reforms, with stoppages threatened from September.
The other second- level teachers’ union, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), has signed up for the new-style junior cycle and are currently being trained.
But ASTI hardliners are pushing a ‘no compromise‘ stance and the union’s powerful Standing Committee took the decision ,in principle, on strike action, at a meeting yesterday.
The split in the union positions means that some will be teaching new junior cycle subjects such as coding in September, while others will be closed by strike
The ASTI move comes in the wake of a recent circular from the Department of Education setting out the arrangements for the implementation of the new junior cycle.
The outgoing minster for education,Jan O’Sullivan took a decision some months ago that the changes must be implemented, notwithstanding the ASTI position.
The minister said the minority of the ASTI who voted against the last set of compromise proposals would not be allowed exercise a veto over change.