Sinn Féin comments on developments in Junior Cert dispute
Speaking following news that there may be a resolution to the Junior Cert dispute, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD said that a potential resolution is promising for many, but cautioned that the resolution document still had to go to a ballot of teachers.
Deputy O’Brien said;
“We acknowledge that the news of an agreed resolution document between the unions and the Department of Education may represent a resolution of the Junior Cert dispute.
“While the full document is not in the public domain, it is my understanding that there is a resolution to the issue of school based assessment.
“I am very conscious that this will go to a ballot of teachers in September and am hopeful that this will resolve the matter of Junior Cert reform, but the Minister must not view this as a ‘job done’ if it is passed.
“Schools are still completely underfunded and any reforms implemented must be properly resourced.
“Time and time again, students in disadvantaged schools are missing out due to capitation cuts and cuts to guidance counselling services, while parents are being forced to plug the gap, in many cases with increased so-called voluntary contribution fees.
“Schools are in a very difficult position when it comes to asking hard-pressed parents for more money and if the Minister wants a high quality education system, it must be funded accordingly.”