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Analysis: Divisions within the ASTI reflect deeper rift between older and newer members

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Having turned on the Minister for Education in a controversial display of disorder on Tuesday, the ASTI yesterday turned on itself. Allegations of bullying and smear campaigns flew back and forth between delegates as the union argued over who was best placed to speak for teachers …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 April]

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ASTI general secretary Pat King calls for unity

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI general secretary Pat King has called for unity, warning that ‘sniping from the wings’ is undermining the union’s leadership and weakening its hand in negotiations …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Minister’s autocratic approach endangering effective Junior Cert reform , says Fianna Fáil

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Fianna Fáil last night claimed Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn’s continued refusal to listen to the concerns of teachers and many parents about the Junior Cert reform process is endangering its effective implementation …” (more)

[Irish Times, 23 April]

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Teachers ‘horrified’ at Quinn’s lack of consultation

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn opened up a fresh conflict with teachers yesterday by telling those in further education they will have to work during the summer under a major reform of the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys and Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 24 April]

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Sean Barrett and University Reform

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 24th, 2014 by steve

“Occasionally I post guest posts from friends. This is one, from Senator Sean Barrett on his recent universities bill. Prof Stephen Hedley of the UCC Law School has written the following comments on my bill …” (more)

[Sean Barrett, Brian M Lucey, 23 April]

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Government urged to raise salaries of student nurses

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The Government has been urged to boost ‘yellow pack’ wages for student nurses after a minister promised better pay for teacher recruits …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 23 April]

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TUI signals wage claim as economy recovers

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Teachers should seek pay rises when the economy recovers, according to the general secretary of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI). Addressing 424 delegates at the union’s annual congress in Kilkenny yesterday, John MacGabhann said Ireland’s economic recovery appeared to have begun …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Unions less than impressed by education’s answer to Action Man

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“You have to give Ruairí Quinn credit for his pluckiness. Having opened up one front against the Catholic Church over school patronage, he sauntered into the minefield that is gender politics by announcing a new honours maths requirement for what he called the ‘highly feminised’ teaching profession …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Forget honours maths, primary schools need changes that will really add up for pupils

Posted in Fees and access on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“If Ruairi Quinn wants to improve educational outcomes at primary level, he needs to tackle disadvantage, not tinker around with an honours maths requirement for teachers …” (more)

[Colette Brown, Independent, 23 April]

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Merger of second-level unions moves step closer

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A merger of two of the country’s second-level teaching unions appears to have moved a step closer, after the leaders of both groups said the current separation was ‘absurd and certainly wasteful’ and one voted in favour of entering talks on the deal …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Ruairi Quinn: Deal to equalise payscale ‘in near future’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“A deal on the gradual restoration of paycuts imposed on more than 2,000 young teachers in 2011 is expected in the coming weeks. Acknowledging concerns that there were three separate payscales for teachers doing the same job …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 23 April]

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Junior Cycle reforms to stay, Quinn tells teachers

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has told secondary teachers that they are out of step with educational experts both nationally and internationally in a robust defence of his Junior Cycle reforms …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Appeal to Quinn on Junior Cycle proposals

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“The main union for secondary teachers has made a fresh appeal to Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn to retain some form of State examination as part of the Junior Cycle. President of the Association of Secondary Teachers Sally Maguire said …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Maths honours and primary teaching

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Sir, – May I loudly applaud the announcement by the Minister for Education that entry to primary teaching training courses will in future require grade C in honours mathematics? At the moment, such entrants require a mere C grade in pass mathematics …” (more)

[Ronan Murphy, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Are College Campuses Obsolete?

Posted in Teaching on April 23rd, 2014 by steve

“On one recent night, the Intelligence Squared US debate series put forth a motion on Columbia University’s campus: ‘More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete’. This is heavily contested territory …” (more)

[Michael Guerriero, New Yorker, 22 April]

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Quinn heckled during ASTI conference address

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“The main union for secondary teachers has made a fresh appeal to the Minister for Education to retain some form of State examination as part of the Junior Cycle. ASTI president Sally Maguire said there are a lot of very exciting changes in the new Junior Cycle proposals but criticised Ruairi Quinn for what she described as insufficient consultation …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 22 April]

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Education Minister Angers Primary Teachers By Demanding High Standards

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Ruairí Quinn provoked a storm of booing and hissing at the INTO conference when he suggested that Higher Level Mathematics in the Leaving Certificate should be one of the minimum entry requirements for people wishing to become primary teachers …” (more)

[Bock The Robber, 22 April]

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Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain supports Ruairi Quinn’s calls for ‘mandatory’ higher-level maths for teachers

Posted in Teaching on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“RTÉ star and teacher Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is supporting the move for Leaving Cert Higher Level maths to become mandatory for trainee teachers …” (more)

[Independent, 22 April]

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Ruairi Quinn heckled and booed by teachers after accusing union of lacking faith in its members

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Education Minister Ruairi Quinn sparked a war of words with the ASTI after suggesting the union lacked faith in its own teachers over controversial Junior Cert reforms …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 22 April]

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University of the South East Campaign: Ruairí Quinn confirms he will never make a university in the South East

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Ruairí Quinn confirms he will never make a university in the South East. Last month Ruairí Quinn visited WIT to let the people of the south-east know that the Technological University will not happen before 2018. In political speak, this means it will never happen as long as Quinn is minister …” (more)

[University of the South East Campaign, 22 April]

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