Thursday 25 May 2017

Latest punt on Junior Cert reform may pay off

Labour's Jan O’Sullivan
Labour's Jan O’Sullivan
Editorial

Editorial

Efforts to reform Ireland's Junior Cert cycle have been long, painful, arduous and latterly marked by a degree of indifference - bordering on contempt - from the membership of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI), the country's largest, 18,000-strong second-level teachers' union.

Concerns over continuous assessment of pupils have largely been addressed. But today's invitation from Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan to school principals - for teachers to participate in a new phase of training to implement the reforms - could bring matters to a head.

Whilst the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), which represents a third of second-level teachers, is now co-operating with the training programme, the ASTI is not. However, the ASTI's mandate has been undermined by the fact its stance is based on a ballot of less than 40pc of its membership.

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