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Irish Times: Ferdia Kelly, JMB, says "schools are fundraising out of necessity" and have "no choice" but to use parental contributions to hire staff to plug important gaps. Read article

Irish Times: The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) voted by an overwhelming majority - 84 per cent to 16 per cent - to extend the dispute to include a one day strike and further strike action if the reforms go ahead.... In a pre-budget submission, the Joint Managerial Body - says instead of having assessments carried out entirely within schools, the Minister should introduce on a trial basis more modest proposals which were designed three years ago after a consultation with stakeholders. Read article

Irish Independent: Ferdia Kelly of the Joint Managerial Body (JMB), representing managers in almost two in three second-level schools, said that they had contacted sporting organisations in recent months to seek their support for a website resource for member schools. Read article

Irish Examiner: The JMB said the minister should revert to the NCCA proposal to break the impasse created by the attitude of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Teachers’ Union of Ireland to the new junior cycle framework. Read article

Irish Independent: JMB said the minister should revert to an earlier proposal that would involve teachers assessing Junior Cert students for 40pc of marks in a subject, while the traditional exam would count for the other 60pc. JMB general secretary Ferdia Kelly said that in the interests of maintaining a momentum around change, they felt the minister should revert to the pre-October 2012 position, for five years. Read article

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