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Jonathan O’Brien TD supports teacher action today

11 March, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today expressed support for second level teachers taking action today on the issue of Junior Cert Reforms being pushed by the Minister for Education.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“I wish to express my support for and solidarity with the 27,000 teachers who are taking action at lunchtime today over their concerns about changes to the Junior Cert.

“It is absolutely essential that the correct resources are allocated to match the reforms that the Minister is implementing, and that includes resources for teacher training and ensuring that schools have capacity to deliver changes in the context of an environment managing extreme cutbacks.

“We share the concern of the ASTI and TUI that these changes will worsen inequalities.

“Sinn Féin is not against change, we are in favour of what is best for students.

“But we cannot support changes to a system that lump more work on already over-burdened teachers in schools where the goal is more cutting departmental expenditure than enhancing pupil education.

“I am urging the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn to pay heed to the concerns of the teachers who are expected to implement changes on his behalf and act accordingly.”

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