Monday 20 October 2014

Fresh blow to Quinn's reform plans

Sam Griffin

Published 21/01/2014 | 02:30

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn pictured with Pat Rabbitt Minister for Communications ,Energy and Natural Resources  after the Launch of the Public Consulation Phase in the Development of a Digital Strategy for Schools at the Dept of Education on Marlborough St yesterday.
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Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn

EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn is facing fresh opposition to controversial changes to the Junior Cert, amid criticism by a schools management body for failing to engage with representative groups.

Teachers' unions have expressed concern at the scale and schools' capacity to cater for the complete overhaul of the Junior Cycle assessment system.

The TUI said it will ballot its members on non-cooperation, as will the ASTI, in a fresh blow to Mr Quinn's hopes of reform.

The new programme aims to reduce the emphasis on a final exam and to allow more opportunities for independent thinking.

Mr Quinn said his department was prepared to resolve issues raised by teachers about the new cycle, which is due to be phased in from next September.

Irish Independent

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