The ASTI wishes to put on record its view that the publication of the document Guidance on Continuity of Schooling without consultation with the teacher unions is totally unacceptable.
ASTI Standing Committee considered the document at its meeting today and found the approach of the Department of Education and Skills objectionable in the context of the commitment demonstrated by the teaching profession in ensuring the continuation of teaching and learning during the Covid-19 school closure period.
Speaking after the meeting, ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald said:
“Around the country, second-level teachers are making enormous efforts, with whatever resources they have available, to ensure that the education of our 360,000 plus second-level students continues. It is extraordinary that the Department would act in such a manner at a time when teachers are doing their utmost to support their students’ learning and welfare.”
“We are committed to continuity and equality in the delivery of education services to students, as best we can, during this challenging time. As the classroom teachers and professionals in the field of education, we must be consulted and have our voice heard in matters which impact on teachers’ work and students’ learning.”