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ASTI gets tough over test reform

EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn’s plans for reform of the Junior Cert appear to have suffered a setback. The 18,000 member Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has hardened its opposition to the proposed changes.

It has failed to nominate its own education officer to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the group which drew up the new proposals.

Earlier this year, the education officer and another ASTI nominee appeared to back the move, which would include assessment of students by teachers and account for 40pc of the overall Junior Cert grades. The ASTI has nominated two people to the NCCA but its president said its position on assessment remained unequivocal and that the present system was seen by students, parents, employers and others to be totally objective and impartial.

What hope is there for reform of the Leaving Cert if the Junior Cert proposals fail to win ASTI support?

Sorry...but it’s rain all the way

HEAVY downpours are expected to drench the east and south this week as the weather stays changeable. Wednesday looks like being the worst day of the week, with the risk of localised flooding. The cool and showery weather looks like continuing into next week.

At least we can’t say the weather is not still a major talking point!