Sunday 24 June 2018

We'll refuse to mark our own pupils in Leaving Cert - ASTI

Four motions at ASTI's 96th annual conference in Cork dealt with mounting concern over Junior and Leaving Cert exam changes and supports.
Four motions at ASTI's 96th annual conference in Cork dealt with mounting concern over Junior and Leaving Cert exam changes and supports.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Leaving Cert changes will be vehemently opposed by secondary school teachers if it involves any element of teachers assessing their own students for critical exam marks.

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) warned Education Minister Richard Bruton they will not tolerate a repeat of controversial Junior Cert changes with Ireland's Leaving Cert.

Four motions at ASTI's 96th annual conference in Cork dealt with mounting concern over Junior and Leaving Cert exam changes and supports.

A Mullingar branch motion was unanimously supported by the 400-plus delegates which warned the ASTI will now develop an opposition campaign "to any attempt to introduce assessment of students by their teachers for certificate or accreditation purposes at senior cycle."

A Dublin South county branch motion warned that educational standards had fallen because of the new Junior Cert structure.

Joe Scally, from Mullingar, warned against controversial changes.

He said: "(It could cause) the hideous erosion of the value and independence of our flagship exam.

"The currency of the exam would be devalued with junior cycle (style) changes."

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie said teachers were vehemently opposed to assessing their own students for Leaving Cert exams.

Irish Independent

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