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Teachers on a previous protest outside St. Flannan's College

Clare teachers to stage lunchtime protest

Second-level teachers in Clare will protest outside their schools at lunchtime this Thursday but student class time will not be affected by the protest.

The protest aims to highlight the need to maintain independent assessment of student attainment at Junior Cycle. It involves members of the ASTI and the TUI. Up to 27,000 second-level teachers across the country will participate.

Peter Quinn, ASTI representative for Clare and a teacher at St. Flannan’s College said teachers fully support a move away from excessive reliance on written exams and want to see more focus in schools on practical, portfolio, and project work.

“We want to maintain independent, external assessment in order to protect standards, equity, quality and fairness. Anything less has the potential to seriously undermine Junior Cycle education and to widen inequalities between students and schools. We
cannot take this risk with our young people.

“We appreciate the support we have received from parents and the community
during this campaign,” he said.

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