ASTI: Legal protection currently being offered to teachers 'falls short of what is required'

ASTI: Legal protection currently being offered to teachers 'falls short of what is required'

The country’s largest second-level teaching union has advised its members not to begin marking Leaving Cert students as it believes the legal protection currently being offered to teachers is unacceptable.

The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) has directed its members not to begin work on the process of calculating grades for this year's Leaving Cert students.

Earlier this Thursday, the Cabinet signed off on legal indemnity for teachers and schools who are individually named in any civil proceedings that may arise.

“Unfortunately, and upon legal advice, the indemnity that has been offered to teachers thus far falls short of what is required and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for costs for second level teachers,” the union said in a statement issued this evening.

“This position is unacceptable. We will continue to engage with the Department of Education and Skills to secure the necessary provisions. In the meantime, we are advising ASTI members not to undertake any work on the process until this issue is resolved.”

Earlier this evening, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) welcomed the detailed guidance issued by the Department of Education.

The Department of Education continues to engage with the teaching unions in relation to the calculated process, a Department of Education spokesman said.

"A State indemnity has been approved by Government for teachers, principals, schools and boards of management in relation to their role in the calculated grades for Leaving Certificate 2020."

Further clarification has been provided to the unions and engagement in relation to that is ongoing, he added.

"Minister Joe McHugh recognises the importance of teachers carrying out work in relation to Calculated Grades on behalf of the Department which is why he sought approval from Government to put a State indemnity scheme in place."

More on this topic

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: School profiling is not the solution to the Leaving Cert impasseDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire: School profiling is not the solution to the Leaving Cert impasse

Teens coping with the Leaving Cert in the time of Covid-19

Leaving Cert 'not as fair as we might think,' says Professor calling for 're-think' on examsLeaving Cert 'not as fair as we might think,' says Professor calling for 're-think' on exams

Teachers get go ahead to grade thousands of Leaving Cert StudentsTeachers get go ahead to grade thousands of Leaving Cert Students


More in this Section

Dozens of parishioners attend drive-in church service in AntrimDozens of parishioners attend drive-in church service in Antrim

Two arrested after €23k of prescription drugs seized in WaterfordTwo arrested after €23k of prescription drugs seized in Waterford

'We need continuity at this time' - Ciaran Cuffe against change of Green Party leader'We need continuity at this time' - Ciaran Cuffe against change of Green Party leader

HSE gets reassurances late filing of Covid-19 data by hospitals has not been repeatedHSE gets reassurances late filing of Covid-19 data by hospitals has not been repeated


Lifestyle

Esther N McCarthy finds funky fabric and Bantry baskets as well as exploring virtual galleries. Wish List: In pursuit of funky fabric and Bantry baskets

Pubs have been closed across this island for over two months. Can you imagine if they were closed for 14 years? To mark the centenary of the introduction of Prohibition in the US, Robert O'Shea selects examples of its cultural legacyWhat did Prohibition ever do for us?

Des O'Driscoll looks at some of the top picks on the TV today.TV highlights: A new 'make-under' dating show and Kevin McGahern paints celeb protraits

More From The Irish Examiner