Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said she did not think “it is fair on the students if we continue to prevaricate” on the issue of Junior Cert reform. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ unions and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan remain deadlocked on the question of implementing junior cycle reform. While the possibili(...)

Jan O Sullivan: ‘We cannot continue to negotiate forever,’ she said at the Labour Party conference in Killarney. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Education officials are due to brief school managers today on how they intend to proceed with implementing junior cycle reforms despite(...)

The Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has already watered down the plan of her predecessor Ruairí Quinn, proposing just 40 per cent of the new junior cycle certificate would come from school-based assessment. Photograph: Eric Luke

The decision of Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to push ahead with junior cycle reform without the agreement of teachers may seem drastic. But i(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has declined to say whether teachers refusing to implement the junior cycle reforms will be disciplined.Speaking(...)

Dr Pauric Travers, who drew up a compromise plan. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI, which together represent 27,000 post-primary teachers, are holding a crucial meeting to decide whether to(...)

 Secondary school teachers at Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin picket outside the school last month over planned junior cycle reforms. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Secondary teacher unions have agreed to further talks aimed at breaking the impasse over junior cycle reforms.The executive bodies of the ASTI and TUI(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has indicated her willingness to consider any proposal from talks chairman Pauric Travers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Talks between secondary teacher unions and the Department of Education aimed at averting further strike action adjourned on Monday night without agree(...)

Willie Penrose: “The people who are tramping the highways and byways of Ireland are the people I want to be seen given an opportunity by RTÉ.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Labour minister of State Willie Penrose has accused RTÉ of a “massive failing” towards Irish music. Mr Penrose said he had written to RTÉ askin(...)

Teachers are set to strike after failing to reach agreement in talks over reform of the Junior Cycle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Talks aimed at averting a teachers’ strike next week have ended without progress. More than 730 secondary schools are due to close on Thursday,(...)

Members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing in December.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Teacher unions are to enter into talks next week to see whether a compromise can be reached on junior cycle reforms that would avert further strike ac(...)

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