Friday 15 December 2017

Students may lose 10pc of English grades as Education Minister rules out ASTI dispute intervention

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Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Education Minister Richard Bruton has ruled out intervening in how the Junior Certificate is marked, meaning students will lose 10pc of their English grades.

Reforms to the Junior Cert English exams include classroom-based assessment, which ASTI teachers have refused to cooperate with.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Minister Bruton said: "In terms of the examination itself that has been set by the State Examination Commission - the basis on which marks are assigned is known and it's not for me to interfere with that."

“If [the assessment] has not happened those marks cannot be assigned.”

He was responding to a parliamentary question from Labour education spokesperson and former Tánaiste Joan Burton, who asked: “Where stands the Junior Certificate reform?”

Students in 375 schools across the country could lose the possible 10pc if the dispute is not resolved, as their assessments will not be conducted by ASTI teachers.

ASTI have argued that their position on the issue is due to the unfairness of the new system.

Talks between the ASTI and the Department of Education on a number of issues are due to finish at the end of November.

It is not yet clear whether a resolution will be reached or if students will lose the 10pc of their marks, but both parties have stressed their commitment to finding a resolution to the issue.  

A statement on the ASTI website reads: “It is ASTI policy that members do not provide marks to their own students in the state certificate examinations.”

“The ASTI policy on assessment is based on the principle that the state certified examination system should be valid, objective and equitable.”

The union argue that classroom-based assessments are not objective and therefore unfair for students.

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