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Unions Say Teachers Shouldn't Be Grading Their Own Students For The Leaving Cert

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It comes following the announcement of major reforms to the Leaving Cert exams.

Teacher's Unions are calling for more detail on plans to make continuous assessment a significant part of the Leaving Cert.

TUI, General Secretary, Michael Gillespie spoke on Kfm on Wednesday morning, he believes that teachers grading their own students is not appropriate.

"We're not like other jurisdictions, we live in very small communities and we know people intimately," he insisted.

Yesterday it was announced that continuous assessment will become a key part of Leaving Cert exams under major reforms.

Some 40% of exam marks in all subjects will be by continuous assessment with written exam deciding the rest.

The curricula for all subjects will be reviewed with new syllabus starting in 2024.

Two new subjects will also be created - 'Drama, Film and Theatre Studies'; and 'Climate Action and Sustainable Development'.

Paper one in English and Irish will now be taken at the end of fifth year for students starting with those entering senior cycle in September 2023.

However, there are now calls for the Minister to outline what the new forms of assessment will look like.

TUI General Secretary, Michael Gillespie and ASTI President  Eamon Dennehy spoke with Clem Ryan on Kildare Today:

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