Schools to close for Junior Cert reform

Secondary schools have been given the go-ahead to close for three days to allow training and preparation for incoming Junior Certificate reforms, the Irish Independent reported this week. The closures will take place in the next school year, with outgoing Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan deciding that a single three-day closure would be preferable to ongoing, repeated disruption.

Implementation of the long awaited Junior cycle reforms will see schools offering new approaches to the teaching of science, business and short courses such as coding, alongside the recently-revamped English syllabus, which was introduced in 2014.

The Department of Education and Skills is forging ahead with reforms despite the opposition of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI).

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