Teachers 'confident' Junior Cert strike action can be avoided

Teachers 'confident' Junior Cert strike action can be avoided

The President of the Teachers Union of Ireland has said he is "confident" that further strike action can be avoided at the country's secondary schools.

Talks between the unions and the Education Minister broke down last week over the self-assessment of exams under the planned reforms to the Junior Cert.

TUI President Gerry Quinn said his members had a number of other issues with the changes, but that he believed they would not lead to more strikes down the line.

"There are a number of issues in the Junior Cycle dispute," he said. "There is the school-based assessment, which the talks broke down on. There are issues aroundschool capacity and around workload and resources.

"I'm confident we can work through those issues…If they are resolved, there's no industrial action."

Note: This updated story clarifies a previous report that the industrial action would go ahead even if the assessment issue were resolved.


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