Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 21/01/2015. Tags: Education And Politics Parenting
After talks failed to reach a positive conclusion last week when teacher unions met the Department of Education, post-primary school teachers are to strike tomorrow. Forcing over 350,000 secondary school students to stay at home.
The Dept of Education issued a a circular letter to schools
outlining the arrangements for staff.
The Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, told RTE
, that the strike was ‘unnecessary’ and is urging them to call it off. However, speaking to the Dail yesterday, the Minister has said she has done all she can to avoid the strikes.
According to RTE’s website:
“Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland programme, TUI President Gerry Quinn said that it wasn't possible to call off the strike at this point.
Mr Quinn said that the unions had been more than reasonable with the minister and it is with great regret that the strike goes ahead, but it is necessary.
He added they were going on strike in order to create a situation where all the outstanding issues in the education sector can be addressed "in the context of a very damaged landscape in terms of cuts."
The unions are opposed to pupils being assessed by their own teachers for 40% of their work instead of by an external examiner. Tomorrow's industrial action is the second work stoppage over the Junior Cycle changes, with TUI’s Gerry Quinn warning of more strikes in the coming weeks.