Tuesday 21 November 2017

Teachers to protest new Junior cycle

SECONDARY school teachers throughout County Wexford are to demonstrate at school gates today (Tuesday) in protest at he introduction of a new programme for Junior Cycle education.

The protests, which are due to take place between 1.15 p.m. and 2 p.m., will involve members of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland the Teachers Union of Ireland.

The unions, which are to ballot their members for industrial action later this month, said Tuesday's demonstrations were not industrial action because no school activities would be disrupted.

'The protest is the teachers way of voicing our concerns about the upcoming changes to the Junior Cycle programme,' said Fintan Kavanagh, ASTI shop steward at the Loreto in Wexford.

Teachers say schools need more resources in order to implement the reforms. They are also concerned about new assessment methods that form part of the proposed changes.

The Department of Education says the new Junior Cycle programme will be phased in from this September.

The outcome of the ballots will be known by 26 March.

New Ross Standard

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