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Teachers set to strike again in January

TEACHERS have pencilled in January 22 as the date for their second mass walk-out in schools.

Teacher unions have planned to strike again over objections to certain aspects of Junior Cert reform.This means that almost 350,000 second-level students will be locked out of school again in mid-January.

And teacher unions have warned of a further one-day stoppage after that if no agreement is reached.

Mediation

Any hope of averting the January strike now rests with a mediation process chaired by Dr Pauric Travers, former president of St Patrick's teacher training college, Drumcondra.

Dr Travers is set hold talks with the two unions involved, the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI), as well as the Department of Education, in the hope of overcoming the impasse.

Students have already lost a day at school on December 2, in an initial stoppage by teachers in opposition to proposals that they grade their own pupils for 40pc of the marks in a new-style Junior Cert.

Unions initiated strike action after the collapse of an earlier talks when they rejected a compromise put forward by Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan.

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