The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has asked its members not to undertake work around the calculated grading system for the leaving certificate for now, amid concerns that the related indemnity offered to teachers “falls short” of what is needed.
This evening the ASTI said that it had engaged with the process to ensure that the Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate 2020 model can be rolled out as quickly as possible for students.
“As part of that process, we have sought to have full indemnity available for teachers while they undertake this work in good faith.
“Unfortunately, and upon legal advice, the indemnity that has been offered to teachers thus far falls short of what is required and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for costs for second level teachers. This position is unacceptable,” the Union said in a statement.
Speaking to the Echo, Cork based ASTI vice-president Ann Piggott said that teachers need to be covered legally.
“It is difficult for teachers,” she said, “but they are good judges, they know their students."
Ms Piggott pointed out however that this has never been done before and said teachers are worried about the legal standing.
The ASTI has said it will continue to engage with the Department of Education and Skills to secure the necessary provisions.
“In the meantime, we are advising ASTI members not to undertake any work on the process until this issue is resolved,” it said.
Meanwhile, the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) has welcomed the legal indemnity that is outlined for teachers, and the safeguards that seek to ensure against canvassing of teachers.
“TUI has engaged intensively with the Department and other education partners in relation to this emergency system, and the union now welcomes that extensive guidance is now issuing so that teachers and schools can commence with the work of ensuring that students have a facility that will allow them to progress,” TUI President Seamus Lahart said in a statement.