Sunday 11 December 2016

Parents deserve to know views of the 11,000 ASTI members who did not vote

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan

One of the biggest questions to be asked in the wake of the ASTI ballot is where were the almost two in three members of the union who did not bother to vote.

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The turnout of 38pc means that the views of more than 11,000 of the 18,000 ASTI members are not represented. With a No vote of 55pc, the views of some 3,762 teachers carried the day.

It was a democratic decision, but the 11,000-plus non-voters represent a huge silent majority, one that is not acceptable when the education of some 350,000 teenagers who populate second-level schools in any one year is at stake.

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