Speaking about today’s national lunchtime protests by second-level teachers, ASTI representative for Donegal and Sligo Neil Curran said:
“Teachers are extremely concerned that changes to Junior Cycle education, announced by the Minister for Education and Skills, will impact negatively on children’s and young people’s experience of second-level education. The plan to abolish the Junior Certificate and replace it with in-house exams graded by students’ own teachers, will undermine education standards and change the nature of student/teacher, parent/teacher relations. We believe that our Junior Cycle students are entitled to a fair, transparent and objective evaluation of their efforts.”
Today’s protest by second-level teachers was organised by the ASTI and the TUI. The unions also launched a website containing information for parents http://juniorcyclecampaign.com.