Monday 21 August 2017

Junior cycle row affecting 'real lives'

St Joseph's School Principal Patricia Hayden
St Joseph's School Principal Patricia Hayden
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The row over junior cycle is affecting "the real lives of real children" and needs to be sorted out urgently, a school principal told Education Minister Richard Bruton.

Patricia Hayden said students get only one chance of schooling and that time was being "eaten away" by the ongoing delay in introducing reforms across the system.

Ms Hayden is principal of St Joseph's Secondary School, Co Dublin, where, because teachers are members of the Association of Secondary Teachers (ASTI), new-style assessments are not being conducted.

She was speaking at the annual conference of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD).

About 60pc of the 730 second-level schools are affected by the ASTI ban on doing classroom-based assessments on students, to complement the traditional June exams.

It is impacting directly on third-year students of English, who are supposed to have three separate school-based tasks completed before Christmas.

As a result, more than 30,000 of 60,000 or so third years stand to lose up to 10pc of marks in English.

Irish Independent

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