Meath East TD and Fianna Fail spokesperson on education, Thomas Byrne, has urged the Association Of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI), to resolve a dispute it is currently engaged in with the department of education.

The union  has said the Minister for Education acted prematurely in issuing the guidelines for teachers in assessing predicted grades for this year’s Leaving Certificate.

On Thursday, the union directed its members not to engage in the predictive grades process, saying plans to indemnify teachers against legal action were not strong enough and could potentially lead to personal liabilities for second level teachers.

Following the Government decision earlier this month to cancel the summer Leaving Cert exams, more than 60,000 students are set to receive calculated grades for the first time based on teachers’ estimates.

Under this approach, teachers will be asked to provide an estimated percentage mark for each student for each subject. Students will also be placed in a rank for their class.


However Byrne took to social media early today to suggest he felt the row can be easily resolved, tweeting, ‘Listening to @astiunion  on the radio, seems the issue raised by the union can be easily resolved and it’s not clear to me why it should be a matter of public controversy. #LeavingCert2020 students need the Department and the union to move on this as early as possible this morning.’