Teachers’ unions to return to talks next week

Teachers’ unions will return to talks next week in a bid to avert further strike action over Junior Cert reforms. school room Some 350 thousand secondary school students were off today as teachers across the country took to the picket lines for the second time. The main sticking point in proposed reforms to the Junior Cycle is the requirment that teachers mark their own pupils for state certification. The Education Minister wants teachers to compromise, saying she’s already moved from the position where they’re responsible for 100 percent of marks, down to 40 percent. But General Secretary of the Teachers Union of Ireland John Mac Gabhann says that’s still not fair to students: [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/34294/medium/”] Following today’s second one-day strike by almost 30 thousand secondary school teachers across the country, teachers insist a return to the drawing board is necessary. Almost 700 Kerry members of ASTI and TUI took part in pickets at school gates across the county with many saying they are being put in a difficult position. Kerry ASTI representative Kieran Costello says there’s a lot of misinformation and a need for more consultation. He says Minister Jan O’Sullivan needs to sit down and engage with teachers about how to proceed : [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/34280/medium/”]