Wednesday 17 January 2018

It's not too late for ASTI teachers to pull back from the brink

President elect of the ASTI, pictured before a meeting to discuss the Haddington Road agreement
President elect of the ASTI, pictured before a meeting to discuss the Haddington Road agreement

The "appalling vista" predicted by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals is something to which the Association of Secondary Teachers (ASTI) in Ireland and its members should give serious consideration. Its current proposals for industrial action "will be divisive, destructive of collegiality and diminish the capacity of schools to meet the needs of students," Kay O'Brien, president of the principals' association warned her ASTI counterpart.

Her communication reflects the conflicting views of many teachers and indeed other public servants on the Haddington Road Agreement. But it is also reflective of the mood of the general public and particularly the parents of children currently attending secondary school.

"Every citizen in the land has experienced pain, financial and personal, and seen life opportunities for their children diminish since the current economic debacle began," writes Ms O'Brien.

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