School strike sees 340,000 students stay at home

School strike sees 340,000 students stay at home View Gallery

A strike by 27,000 second level teachers today has shut schools and disrupted hundreds of thousands of students and parents.

A strike by 27,000 second level teachers today has shut schools and disrupted hundreds of thousands of students and parents.

The teachers are taking strike action today in protest at concerns they have over elements of a proposal to revamp the Junior Certificate cycle. Teachers represented by ASTI and TUI say they are concerned that the proposals are “a threat to education standards, fairness and quality.”

They say they are concerned about the capacity of the current system to accommodate such major change. The dispute means that more than 340,000 students do not have school today and the strike is the first of two one-day closures.

Education minister Jan O’Sullivan has already backed down on a proposal to replace the Junior Certificate state examination with a school issued award. But teachers continue to battle a proposal that second year and third year work would be assessed on a continuous basis, accounting for 40 per cent of the marks for the junior cycle.

“Teachers care deeply about the education system that they work in and the students they teach,” said ASTI President Philip Irwin. “They are reluctantly taking strike action today in protest at what they see as a significant threat to education standards and education quality in Ireland. However, we are open to further engagement with the Minister on this issue in an effort to seek a solution. We still believe it is possible to improve Junior Cycle education while maintaining the integrity of the education system.”

Related Articles

More from The Business Post