Teachers have a golden opportunity to do what is right on assessment
Given that they don't dispute the educational merits of the proposed reforms of the Junior Cert programme, there is something profoundly troubling about some teachers' continuing refusal to fully embrace the reforms, specifically on the grounds that assessing their own students for exam purposes could result in questions being raised about their professional integrity.
Members of ASTI, one of the unions representing secondary teachers, have just rejected even the watered-down proposals tabled by the Department of Education.
During their union conferences last Easter, teachers said they feared being pressurised by parents regarding their children's assessments. This pressure would be particularly acute in small, close-knit, rural communities.