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Jonathan O'Brien TD calls on Minister to find solution to Junior Cert reform dispute

14 January, 2015 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking from Leinster House today in advance of talks between the Minister and trade unions, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called upon the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan to find a solution to the Junior Cert dispute, saying that her intransigence on the issue is not sustainable.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“The Minister for Education and Skills has moved somewhat on this issue; however she is refusing to listen to the legitimate concerns of teachers around the proposal of assessing their own students in the new Junior Cycle awards.

“Instead she is choosing to disregard evidence put forward by teachers and is selectively promoting evidence which supports her position and overlooking everything else.

“The Minister is attempting to introduce a new system in schools that can barely cope with the system in place at the moment due to this government’s hammering of the education system.  

“Education policy should not be based on cherry-picking what is the cheapest option for a Department, or policy borrowing for the sake of financial expedience – our students are owed more than that.

“I am calling on the Minister to find a solution to this dispute in advance of further industrial action by the teachers’ unions.

“The government’s current intransigence on the issue is just not sustainable.”

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