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Breaking ASTI withdraws from talks with Education Dept over Leaving Cert

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The ASTI has withdrawn from talks with the Department of Education aimed at coming up with a solution for examining this year's Leaving Certificate students.

In a move that throws the talks process into disarray, the secondary teachers’ union said it is withdrawing pending a guarantee that negotiations will focus on what it says are the minister’s stated objectives, of planning for examinations and scoping out a corresponding measure.

The union has dismissed as "unacceptable" what it says is a plan that would effectively see students preparing for two versions of a Leaving Certificate, with Calculated Grades being the dominant option, and Leaving Cert exams filling in assessment gaps.

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