Standing Committee discusses Leaving Cert announcement
ASTI welcomes State Certification for students completing Junior Cycle
JC 2020: Assessment and reporting guidelines
The ASTI has stated that it will work to support the Minister for Education and Skills’ decision to postpone the June Leaving Certificate examinations until later this year.
The ASTI welcomes in principle the announcement today that the Leaving Cert exams will go ahead this year. ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald said teachers are wholly committed to supporting their students at this time, as has been evidenced by their enormous efforts in recent weeks.
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 President comments on the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh that this year’s Leaving Cert oral examinations, practical exam in music, and practical exams in Junior Cert music/ home economics have been cancelled.
The three teaching unions, the ASTI, INTO and TUI, have today taken the decision to postpone our forthcoming Easter conferences.
The ASTI has accused the Department of Education and Skills of issuing a Circular to schools which is at variance with agreed arrangements for the scheduling of Junior Cycle Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.
The ASTI is calling on the political parties to ensure children and young people are prioritised by the next Government by committing to spending 2% of GDP on second-level education, which would bring Ireland into line with the OECD average.