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After no break in talks, teachers are going on strike again

Talks aimed at breaking the impasse have failed.

Stacy Kenny of St Kevin's College,Ballygall Road, on strike last month.
Stacy Kenny of St Kevin's College,Ballygall Road, on strike last month.

TALKS AIMED AT breaking the impasse between teachers and the Department of Education have failed.

A second day of action is due for next Thursday, as teachers register their opposition to Junior Cycle changes.

Both sides have agreed to further talks.

A joint statement from the TUI and ASTI says that there is a “considerable difference” between the two sides.

The unions reiterated their principled position in relation to external, state certified assessment and the capacity at system and school level to accommodate the changes proposed.

“It was stated that teachers support a first class Junior Cycle for all students, including a move away from a reliance on final written examinations and the promotion of different types of assessment, including more practical, project and portfolio work.”

The strike is expressly around one major issue: teachers are being asked to mark 40% of the course work of their students.

This is down from 100% first proposed, but teachers feel that their marking any of their students’ state exam work would fundamentally change how they do their jobs.

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