Education Minister Will Not ‘completely Capitulate’ Over Junior Cert Reform

EDUCATION MINISTER WILL NOT ‘COMPLETELY CAPITULATE’ OVER JUNIOR CERT REFORM

The Education Minister is insisting she will not ‘completely capitulate’ on plans for Junior Certificate reform.

It comes as secondary school teachers prepare for more action over the plans, with a lunchtime protest planned for the end of this month.

An independent chairman drew up proposals to try and resolve the dispute earlier this year, but these were rejected by some teachers.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan – who will address one of the secondary teachers unions, the TUI, in Wexford today – says there has to be give and take.

“Every time we get to a point where I have moved to some extent, having listened to their concerns, there’s always something more and that’s not acceptable” she said.

“This was an independent chairperson making recommendations for a final settlement whereby we could move on”.

“But they again say ‘we’re not going to accept this, we need more’ – now that isn’t negotiations and I’m not going to completely capitulate” he added.

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