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Leaving Cert: Teachers union withdrew from the discussion

DUBLIN: The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) withdrew from discussions with the Department of Education amid confusion over the Leaving Cert exam.

ASTI withdrew from the discussion on whether to conduct examinations or give calculated grades to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie said that giving calculated grades is not appropriate and is similar to preparing students for the two Leaving Certificate exams. He said the lack of accurate figures would challenge the calculated grading.

ASTI has announced in its statement that it is withdrawing from the discussion on the 2021 Leaving Cert exam. At the same time, ASTI said it would actively intervene in the reopening of schools.

The union was part of the discussion to clarify the possibility of carrying out the Leaving Cert exam during the COVID pandemic. However, the discussions did not progress in a way that was adequate for the students. Leaving Cert exam is downgraded by giving the students calculated grades. The lack of figures this year will challenge the calculated grading system, Mr. Christie said.

Uncertainty about the Leaving Cert put students under a lot of pressure. When calculating grades are allowed, students are actually required to write two Leaving Certificate exams instead of one. Therefore, Mr. Christie asked the Minister of Education to reconsider the focus of the discussion in favor of the students.

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