Quinn’s reforming zeal acknowledged by educators

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Education stakeholders have acknowledged Ruairi Quinn’s reforming zeal as Minister for Education, although with mixed sentiment …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 July]

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ASTI: ‘Reform the Junior Cert but don’t abolish it’

Posted in Teaching on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“ASTI President Sally Maguire today delivered the signatures of almost 10,000 teachers to the Department of Education and Skills in Marlborough Street, Dublin. The petition is signed by 9,921 teachers who are opposed to the Minister for Education and Skills’ plans to abolish the Junior Cert …” (more)

[ASTI, 29 May]

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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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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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27,000 teachers protest over reform

Posted in Teaching on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Teachers protested against the new junior cycle plans yesterday as the Minister for Education defended the programme and rejected claims that the reforms were moving too fast …” (more)

[Rachel Flaherty and Harry McGee, Irish Times, 12 March]

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OECD data far too old for article

Posted in Teaching on October 6th, 2013 by steve

“Madam – Emer O’Kelly’s article on Ireland’s second-level education service, ‘Quinn Challenges Untouchables’ (Sunday Independent, September 29, 2013) is based on OECD data collected in 1995 …” (more)

[Sally Maguire, Independent, 6 October]

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Teachers ‘deeply concerned’ about abolition of Junior Cert

Posted in Teaching on September 11th, 2013 by steve

“The president of Ireland’s main second level teachers’ union says she is ‘deeply concerned’ about the decision by the Minister for Education to abolish the Junior Cert …” (more)

[Irish Times, 11 September]

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New head of ASTI claims cutbacks for teachers affect students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“The incoming president of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland said achieving investment for the education sector will be her top priority. Sally Maguire, who takes up her new post today, is calling on the government to stop cutting teachers and their pay packets …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 August]

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