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Irish Examiner: The State Examinations Commission (SEC) struggled to find examiners to mark a number of subjects until the weeks after the exams last June, as teachers are increasingly questioning the value of the work to them. For superintendents who supervise written exams, difficulties providing cover at all 730 second-level schools mean some teachers are being paid for five days of superintending work to be on standby, but might not even be called on to fulfil the duties. Read article

Irish Independent: THE ASTI is not going ahead with a one-day strike on May 16.The union’s  annual conference  decided today against backing the move, which was suggested by the ASTI governing body, its 23-member Standing Committee.The decision will come as relief to students and schools in the run up to the State exams. Read article

Circular Letter 0035/2017: Assessment Instruments (including tests and web-based resources) approved for use for guidance and/or learning support in post-primary schools from May 2017 until further notice.

 

Irish Times: The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) is to ballot its 16,000 members for industrial action if the current two-tier pay structure in teaching is not eliminated by the autumn. Read article

Irish Times: Any pupils bereaved by the death of a close family member or who becomes seriously ill close to the time of the State exams should be given the chance to sit repeat exams, secondary teachers have urged. The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) passed a motion at its annual conference calling on the Department of Education to arrange a second set of exams in the summer or autumn. Read article

Irish Times: Chinese and other foreign languages are to be added to the Leaving Cert curriculum to help students to prepare for the economic threat posed by Brexit and the rise of non-Western countries. A new 10-year strategy is to be published shortly by Minister for Education Richard Bruton, which includes ambitious targets to increase the number of students studying foreign languages. Read article

Irish Independent: A fractious debate on pay revealed deep divisions within the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI). One delegate at the union's annual conference described the ASTI as the "North Korea of the trade union movement". Read article

Irish Independent: A special corporate tax levy of one per cent has been proposed by the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector.

Irish Independent: Schools that don't keep costs for parents to a minimum will lose out in the State funding they receive to meet their day-to-day bills.

Irish Examiner: The Minister for Education is set to hear calls for pay rises for teachers at unions' conferences this week. The INTO, ASTI and TUI are all holding their annual meetings where pay is topping the agenda.

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