It will be in the interest of most students to opt for both calculated grades and sitting the exams. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

I thought there was an agreement on the Leaving Cert plan – but now I hear teachers’ unions complaining. What’s going on? The Government decided on t(...)

 Minister for Education Norma Foley: said work is continuing ‘to ensure that all students are treated fairly’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education Norma Foley has moved to reassure thousands of Leaving Cert students that the new calculated grades system will be “accurate, r(...)

ASTI members protesting over pay restoration outside the Department of Education in  Dublin in February. File photograph: Tom Honan

One of the country’s largest teaching unions has warned that plans to hire more than 1,000 extra teachers for secondary schools will not be achieved u(...)

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie: he said the “penny-pinching under-vestment in our schools has gone on for too long, the cuts have been too deep”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A commitment of €42 million to help secondary schools prepare classrooms for the return of students is insufficient, and the Government will have to “(...)

The very least we can do is to ensure that students’ health and safety is protected and that every candidate has the same chance to reach their full potential.

The Government’s decision to postpone the Leaving Cert until late summer brings much-needed clarity for anxious students, teachers and parents. In t(...)

The ASTI is not involved in the strike but has issued new guidance to members on what to do during the stoppage. File photograph: Getty

The scale of school closures on February 4th next is set to be greater than anticipated after the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) (...)

A file image of Sylvia Meehan. A  funeral service for her in Dublin was told on Monday of her belief in ‘equality and human rights’. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sylvia Meehan, rights activist and the first chair of the Employment Equality Agency (EEA), “believed in equality and human rights that left nobody be(...)

Kieran Mulvey  was most recently in the news when he mediated talks between Ryanair and a group of striking pilots. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Industrial relations troubleshooter Kieran Mulvey is set to join the board of Independent News & Media (INM) as a non-executive director. The tro(...)

The Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill, which will be published later in the week, will seek to address those who do not participate in the collective agreements including the three teachers unions. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of public servants could face a freezing of increments and delays in pay increases for failing to back the public sector pay deal. (...)

 INTO members attend a rally for pay equality for lower-paid teachers outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin, in December 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) is to take part in a new Government review of pay equality. The union said the plans by the Governme(...)

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