Teachers call for talks over proposed Junior Cert reforms

Members of the teaching staff at Templemichael College who took part in the lunchtime protest last week. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
Second level teachers have warned of further industrial action unless rows over Junior Cert reform is resolved.

Second level teachers have warned of further industrial action unless rows over Junior Cert reform is resolved.

Members of both the Association of Secondary Teachers’ Ireland (ASTI) and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUIO) held a further lunchtime protest last Thursday.

The action follows two full day stoppages in opposition to plans for teachers to assess their own students for 40 per cent of marks in a new-style Junior Cert.

The Longford Leader visited Templemichael College on Thursday to meet teachers who were protesting outside the school.

Principal of Templemichael College Sorcha Ni Dhonnacha asked the Leader to desist from quoting the names of teachers individually when approached at the protest.

Instead, staff spoke to this newspaper as a collective group, saying they wanted the present system to remain intact.

“Any parents that we’ve been talking to have been very supportive.

“That’s the way we want it to stay, 100 per cent external.”

Speaking ahead the lunchtime protest last week, ASTI President Philip Irwin and TUI President Gerry Quinn said intensive talks regarding resources, assessment and other identified issues are the only way to resolve the current dispute.