The financial emergency legislation published by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will allow the Government to pay – and to withhold – payments to teachers for supervision and substitution duties. Photograph: Eric Luke

Second-level teachers could lose out on thousands of euro in incremental pay rises and lump sum payments if their trade unions walk away from the new(...)

Kieran Christie: incoming ASTI general secretary

Recriminations continue within the ASTI over the rejected ballot for junior cycle reform. It’s not the finest hour for the 180-member central execu(...)

The second vote is aimed at closing off a doubt surrounding the legality of the ASTI/TUI industrial action

Secondary teachers receiving their Junior Cycle ballot papers this week are facing not one but two questions to vote on. The first is whether t(...)

The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educational(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: officials from his department reached a compromise with trade union representatives on May 30th which could see some public servants receive a €2,000 pay increase. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unite has become the latest organisation to recommend rejection of the proposed new public sector pay deal between unions and the Government. Speaking(...)

Speaking after the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation backed the Landowne Road Agreement, its  general secretary Sheila Nunan said the deal was an overdue restoration of some of the income teachers lost during the recession. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Primary school teachers have voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement on restoring public sector pay by a margin of nearly two to one. The result (...)

A comprehension question concerning a woman smuggling a tortoise onto an airplane   was one of the highlights of this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French exam. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whoever set this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French paper must have been in a good mood, judging by the general reaction to the paper. Many of t(...)

There was no sign of Bono on the Junior Cert geography higher-level paper - the only major rock groups were igneous and sedimentary. Nevertheless, (...)

In a statement yesterday, the Cork History Teachers’ Association said, “We cannot understand why ASTI/TUI would single out CSPE for preferential treatment over other subjects. In these circumstances, we are opposed to their demand to confirm CSPE as a State-certified exam.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The unions of secondary teacher have been criticised by some of their own members for singling out the protection of civic, social and political ed(...)

Ireland has ranked 15th highest out of 76 countries for mathematics and science test scores in a new report published by the OECD. The report warns, h(...)