Tuesday 21 November 2017

Talks aimed at ending long-running dispute around planned Junior Cert reform end tonight

Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan
Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan

Sam Griffin

TALKS between teachers unions and the Department of Education aimed at ending the long-running dispute around planned Junior Cert reform have ended tonight.

The meeting of the parties was called after both the TUI and ASTI sought clarifications from mediator Dr Pauric Travers who made fresh proposals to the unions last week.

A department spokesperson tonight said the issues were discussed this evening and Dr Travers will now outline those clarifications in writing to the two unions in the coming days.

The unions requested a week for their executives to consider the proposals.

This was agreed and unions have until Friday to respond.

The proposals support Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s plan for teachers to take on some responsibility for assessing their own students.

However, in a bid to break the impasse, Dr Travers suggests that the results of in-school assessments be treated separately from the results of the traditional State examinations, which would still account for the equivalent of 60pc of the overall marks.

It means further threatened industrial action, which would affect 350,000 second-level students, remain in place.

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