ASTI members reject latest Junior Cycle proposals

Thursday 24 September 2015

The country’s largest second-level teachers’ union, the ASTI, has voted to reject the latest Junior Cycle proposals.

Members of the ASTI have rejected the proposals by 55% to 45%.

Speaking today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that, while the latest proposals address a number of significant issues, in an era of education cuts, diminished resources for students and increased teacher workload, teachers do not have faith in the Government.

“Second-level schools and teachers are delivering much more with far less. In this context teachers do not trust the Government to adequately resource and support schools as they implement the significant changes required by the Junior Cycle proposals.”

Ms Ní Chiarba also said ASTI members have expressed concern about the lack of clarity in the latest Junior Cycle proposals. “Teachers needed far more clarity and detail about how the process will operate in reality.”

“ASTI members are committed to educationally sound reform of the Junior Cycle. We have participated in a robust campaign including two days of strike action which led to significant advances in negotiations. The ASTI will now engage with its members in order to consider how best to pursue the outstanding concerns of teachers,” said Máire G. Ní Chiarba.

The ASTI represents 18,000 second-level teachers.