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Sinn Féin urges Minister to listen to teacher concerns

12 November, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

 Speaking following the breakdown in talks with teaching unions on the changes to the Junior Cycle exams, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Deputy Jonathan O’Brien urged the Minister to address the concerns of the unions.

 The Cork North Central TD said;

 “The teaching unions have made their position clear all along that they favour improvements to the Junior Cycle and that changes need to be made.

 “However, it is not unreasonable that many teachers are concerned about the capacity of schools to deliver changes considering they have faced years and years of cutbacks.

 “Even this year saw a further 1% cut in the capitation grants for schools, so it isn’t clear how the Department expect teachers to deliver more results, with more pupils and far less resources than they had six years ago.

“I am calling on the Minister and the Department to look at this issue on the whole, including the context of the cutbacks, in order to come to a resolution that is acceptable to all parties and in the best interests of the children at the heart of this debate.”

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