Friday 30 September 2016

Teachers plan lunch time protest over Junior Cert reform -TUI

Published 07/04/2015 | 15:10

Previously joining the teacher's picket line in Dublin, left to right, Gerry Quinn, President of the TUI and Philip Irwin, President of the ASTI. Picture: Tommy Clancy
Previously joining the teacher's picket line in Dublin, left to right, Gerry Quinn, President of the TUI and Philip Irwin, President of the ASTI. Picture: Tommy Clancy

Teachers are planning another lunchtime protest outside schools before end of April in the row over Junior Cert reform.

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It is not intended to disrupt students,  but a signal that unions are committed to opposing the  changes in the face of the decision by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with preparations for reform without their agreement.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) are also planning to picket training days for teachers of English,  scheduled for later this month.

The unions have directives in place banning co-operation with work  linked to the Junior Cert reforms,  and training seminars have been suspended since last year.

But the minister recently announced that  she was not waiting any longer for agreement  with the unions and  said training was resuming.

Teachers of English are being invited to training seminars later this month, and it remains to be seen whether any will defy the unions’ directive.

TUI president  Gerry Quinn told his union’s  annual conference today that the  “this dispute is not over” , and said that it  was vital that the directives were kept.

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