Junior Certificate reform framework is to be discussed and decided on today by the Union of Irish secondary school teachers.
Due to industrial action being taken by ASTI in relation to the reforms, only some of them will be implemented following today’s meeting. The introduction of “common level grading” is one that is of particular concern to them.
Kieran Christie, General Secretary of the ASTI, has said that this change may have a detrimental effect on the education standards in Ireland.
“One of major concerns that we have is the fact that the new system is going to be operated on the basis of common level.
“Normally subjects are examined at higher level and ordinary level and the proposal is to abolish that and have common levels only.
“We feel that would be detrimental to the interests of our students and detrimental to the standards that can be achieved.”
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