Teachers need training, survey shows, but impasse with Minister continues

Teachers need training, survey shows, but impasse with Minister continues
The reforms have already been the cause of strike action.

90% percent of English teachers say they need extra training for the new Junior Cycle course.

However, due to the impasse between the Education Minister and the teachers’ unions over the reforms, they are not engaging with Department of Education training.

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland surveyed 2,200 teachers and also found serious shortages of equipment and facilities for science and technology subjects.

"There are problems with resources and time in schools, in order for the successful implementation of reform," said ASTI President Philip Irwin.

"This is something we would have had knowledge of, but it's confirmed by the survey. It tells you we have an impasse."

"We need an agreement on the assessment issue, but when we've got that, there are other serious issues with the implementation of junior cycle reform, and there needs to be serious discussions on it."


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