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.
ASTI members have voted to authorise the ASTI to issue a directive on the scheduling of Subject Learning and Assessment Review (SLAR) meetings.
The results for Ireland in the OECD PISA report for 2018 show second-level students performing very well when compared with their international counterparts.
The Minister for Education and Skills must do more than just acknowledge initiative overload in schools, he must take action, ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald told an ASTI conference for principals and deputy principals today (Wednesday, November 6th).
Major curriculum change at Senior Cycle level should not take place until key issues impacting second-level schools are examined and addressed, independent research commissioned by the ASTI has found.
“Today is World Mental Health Day, and teachers’ mental health is education’s wealth,” said ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald. “The mental health aspect of the workplace has not been given the attention and, most importantly, the support that it deserves."
The scant mention of education in today’s Budget announcement demonstrates the Government’s lack of commitment to addressing Ireland’s serious education funding deficit, the ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald has said.
‘You have reached an important education milestone and your teachers are proud of you’ - ASTI President
ASTI President Deirdre Mac Donald has sent a message of congratulations to all of the students, parents and teachers involved in the 2019 Junior Certificate examinations