Readers' Blog: Demoting geography is a backward step we will regret

Readers' Blog: Demoting geography is a backward step we will regret

I am writing to express my concern at the demotion of geography as a core subject at junior cycle. Geography as a subject is now more relevant than ever as people need to be aware of the natural environment and its relevance to the future of our planet and species.

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Thousands of Junior Cert students risk missing out on marks in teacher protest

Thousands of Junior Cert students risk missing out on marks in teacher protest

Only one in three secondary schools is carrying out classroom tests as part of the revamped Junior Cert.

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ASTI dispute Junior Cert reform training figures

ASTI dispute Junior Cert reform training figures

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) has disputed figures that suggest that a third of their members have defied a ban on registering for Junior Cert reform training.

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ASTI directives 'putting relief teachers at a disadvantage' against TUI members

ASTI directives 'putting relief teachers at a disadvantage' against TUI members

Relief teachers who are members of the ASTI say they are finding themselves impacted because of the union's opposition to the new Junior Cert cycle.

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O'Sullivan: Junior Cycle reform will go ahead despite ASTI opposition

O'Sullivan: Junior Cycle reform will go ahead despite ASTI opposition

The Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan has reiterated her stance on training for the new Junior Cert, saying it will go ahead despite opposition from some teachers.

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ASTI to continue with industrial action after rejecting junior cycle reform plan

ASTI to continue with industrial action after rejecting junior cycle reform plan

The ASTI has announced that it will continue its current industrial action as part of its dispute with the Department of Education over junior cycle reforms.

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ASTI top brass meet to discuss members' rejection of junior cert reform plan

ASTI top brass meet to discuss members' rejection of junior cert reform plan

The national executive of the largest secondary teachers union is meeting in special session this afternoon after members voted against junior cycle reforms.

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ASTI executives to meet tomorrow after junior cycle reform rejection

ASTI executives to meet tomorrow after junior cycle reform rejection

The executive of the ASTI will meet tomorrow to decide its next step after rejecting the latest junior cycle proposals

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Unions execs to vote on Junior Cert reform plans

Unions execs to vote on Junior Cert reform plans

The executives of the secondary teaching unions meet today to vote on an agreement reached over reform of the Junior Cert.

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Breakthrough in Junior Cycle reform talks

Breakthrough in Junior Cycle reform talks

A breakthrough appears to have been reached on reforming the Junior Cert.

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Education Minister: Everyone loses if teachers block Junior Cert reform

Education Minister: Everyone loses if teachers block Junior Cert reform

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has said that as long as teaching unions maintain a complete veto on Junior Cert reform proposals, everyone loses.

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School principals to discuss exam reform today

School principals to discuss exam reform today

School principals and deputy school principals are discussing reform of the Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert today.

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O'Sullivan: Decision on Junior Cert reform 'is my responsibility'

O'Sullivan: Decision on Junior Cert reform 'is my responsibility'

The Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan says it will ultimately be her decision to give Junior Cert reform the go-ahead.

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O'Sullivan hopeful teacher unions will engage with new proposals in Junior Cert row

O'Sullivan hopeful teacher unions will engage with new proposals in Junior Cert row

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has said she is hopeful secondary school teachers unions will accept proposals to engage in negotiations on Junior Cert reform.

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Junior Cert reform 'the right thing to do', says Minister

Junior Cert reform 'the right thing to do', says Minister

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has issued another plea to teachers to call off a planned strike for next week.

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Junior Cert reform talks fail to avert strike; Minister advised to 'stick her heels in'

Junior Cert reform talks fail to avert strike; Minister advised to 'stick her heels in'

Talks between the Minister of Education and the second level teachers unions have failed to avert strike action.

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Education Minister meets teachers to discuss Junior Cycle reforms

Education Minister meets teachers to discuss Junior Cycle reforms

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has held a "constructive" meeting with secondary teachers' unions to hear their concerns about Junior Cycle reforms.

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