ASTI suspends business following wave of criticism over campaign strategy

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) took the extraordinary step of suspending its annual conference and meeting in private on Wednesday following a wave of criticism from members over its industrial relations strategy. The meeting heard claims that the union lacked a clear strategy and was ‘haemorrhaging’ younger members …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 April]

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Language strategy destined to fail unless teacher supply problems are addressed – Byrne

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Thomas Byrne TD says the system for training teachers in Ireland is in need of urgent reform. Deputy Byrne says the current system is antiquated as it is unplanned and uncoordinated which has given rise to a shortage of teachers for certain key subjects, particularly for foreign languages …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 19 April]

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UCD Private Club to cost at least €300,000

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD’s planned private club is set to cost at least €300,000, with the funding expected to come from University resources. The initial budget has been approved by the university for development of the site and architectural plans. The club is expected to cater to staff, alumni, members of the club and corporate clients …” (more)

[Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, University Observer, 19 April]

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All Junior Cert pupils to study a foreign language under new plan

Posted in Teaching on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“All pupils will study a foreign language for their Junior Cert by 2021 under ambitious new plans being announced by the Education Minister. The strategy also aims to increase the number of Leaving Cert Students studying a foreign language by 10% …” (more)

[Stephen McNeice, Newstalk, 19 April]

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1% corporate tax ‘would give us €550m more for education’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A special corporate tax levy of 1% has been proposed by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) to add more than €550m per annum to the Irish education sector. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann warned that adequate funding for the education sector was now of paramount importance …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 19 April]

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UL failed to inform students of Baldonnel chemical fears

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick failed to pass on health concerns about the Air Corps hangars to its work placement students, despite several warnings over chemical exposure fears. Although it was told that students ‘may have been exposed to toxic chemicals and organic solvents during the course of their work placement’, UL did not follow up on requests to inform the relevant students …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 April]

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TUI urges 1% levy on corporation profits to fund higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government should introduce a 1% levy on corporation profits to generate a dedicated fund to finance higher education, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has urged. In an address to the union’s annual conference in Cork, its general secretary John MacGabhann said there was a funding crisis in third-level education which needed to be addressed urgently …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 18 April]

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WIT open gender neutral bathroom on campus

Posted in Governance and administration on April 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Waterford Institute of Technology have opened gender-neutral bathrooms across all 5 of their campuses. The move comes as part of WIT Students’ Union’s Equality & Inclusion Week …” (more)

[WLR FM, 18 April]

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