Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/09/2015. Tags: Teachers Parenting
The country’s largest second-level teachers’ union, the ASTI, has voted to reject the latest Junior Cycle proposals.
Members of the ASTI have rejected the proposals by 55% to 45%.
Speaking today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that, while the latest proposals address a number of significant issues, in an era of education cuts, diminished resources for students and increased teacher workload, teachers do not have faith in the Government.
“Second-level schools and teachers are delivering much more with far less. In this context teachers do not trust the Government to adequately resource and support schools as they implement the significant changes required by the Junior Cycle proposals.”
Ms Ní Chiarba also said ASTI members have expressed concern about the lack of clarity in the latest Junior Cycle proposals. “Teachers needed far more clarity and detail about how the process will operate in reality.”
“ASTI members are committed to educationally sound reform of the Junior Cycle. We have participated in a robust campaign including two days of strike action which led to significant advances in negotiations. The ASTI will now engage with its members in order to consider how best to pursue the outstanding concerns of teachers,” said Máire G. Ní Chiarba.
However, TUI members have voted in a ballot to accept proposals for Junior Cycle reform following negotiations between the unions and the Department of Education and Skills.
TUI members voted in favour of acceptance of the negotiated document by a margin of 69% to 31% on a turnout of 60%.
Speaking today, TUI President, Gerry Quinn said: ‘The negotiated document provides for reinstatement of a fully externally assessed, state certified Junior Certficate examination and professional time is provided for teachers. Therefore, our key objectives were attained.
We approached the negotiations seeking to improve second level education while protecting teachers from exploitation, and TUI members have decided in a ballot that these key, complementary concerns have been appropriately addressed.
Our principled position has been protected. The document explicitly acknowledges that significant change must be appropriately resourced from the start.’
Source: Statements on ASTI website
and TUI website