Parents caught in middle as rebel teachers fire first salvo
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has quite rightly pointed out that most parents want to attend parent-teacher meetings, but may not be able to take time off work to do so. Parents are now caught in the middle of a dispute involving the secondary teachers' union ASTI, as managers of 380 schools are told to go ahead with these meetings despite the union's insistence that they can only take place inside the school day.
Management body the JMB rightly want parent-teacher meetings, especially for exam classes, to commence soon and members of the ASTI are equally adamant that the out-of-hours meetings are banned.
Either way parents lose out. Parents of exam-year students are under a lot of pressure and even stress already and adding to the burden seems quite unfair.