27,000 second-level teachers are taking strike action today (Thursday, January 22nd) in protest over aspects of the Framework for Junior Cycle which the Department of Education and Skills is currently implementing in second-level schools.
Talks on the Junior Cycle impasse took place today between the second level teacher unions and the Minister for Education and Skills and her officials.
The TUI Executive Committee and the ASTI Standing Committee today decided that a second day’s strike action over the Junior Cycle dispute will take place on Thursday, January 22nd. The unions also decided, if necessary, to take an additional day of strike action, the date to be announced.
27,000 second level teachers are taking strike action today in protest at concerns over significant elements of the proposed new Junior Cycle. Teachers represented by ASTI and TUI are concerned that aspects of the proposals pose a threat to education standards, fairness and quality. Teachers also have concerns about current system capacity to accommodate such major change.
Responding to the Minister for Education and Skills today, the second-level teacher unions - the ASTI and the TUI - said they are willing to engage in talks on the Framework for Junior Cycle on the basis that those talks address teachers’ concerns about assessing their own students and the resourcing of the Framework.
Talks today between the teacher unions – the ASTI and the TUI – and the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan have not resolved the current impasse over the Framework for Junior Cycle.
The ASTI Standing Committee and TUI Executive Committee today voted to take a day’s strike action on Tuesday December 2nd and a further day of strike action in January 2015, the date to be decided, over the Junior Cycle impasse.
The teacher unions – the ASTI and TUI – have called on the Minister for Education and Skills to intervene to resolve the impasse in the talks process on the Framework for Junior Cycle.
Sir, – The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is gravely concerned by the findings of the DIT employee engagement survey (“Dublin Institute of Technology staff concerned at lack of ‘clear vision’”, October 27th). The findings indicate a considerable degree of alienation and discontent among staff, with only 35 per cent considering themselves valued and only 29 per cent believing DIT’s leadership team manage the institution well. Only 20 per cent believed that senior leadership listened to and responded to their views, and 8 per cent were “currently being harassed or bullied at work”.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has again voiced its concern at what it labels a lack of consultation with its members in relation to Institute mergers.
Delegations from the second-level teacher unions – the ASTI and the TUI – met with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and representatives from the Minister’s Department this afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the Junior Cycle.
Today’s Budget does nothing to reverse the damage that several years of austerity cuts have inflicted on the education system, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has endorsed the candidature of past president Gerard Craughwell for the by election to fill the vacancy in the Seanad Éireann Cultural and Educational Panel. The vacancy is caused by the election to the European Parliament of Ms Deidre Clune.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is calling for next month’s Budget to reverse cuts which have been most damaging to marginalised students. A survey carried out by the union among schools and further education colleges this year shows the hugely negative effects of a cut to guidance provision (findings below). The union is also concerned by the damaging effect of the embargo on filling middle management positions such as year head.
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