The National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) welcomes the statement issued by the State Examination Commission (SEC) today, confirming that ALL students will have access to 100% of the marks available in the Junior Cycle Final Examination in English.

“Following the ASTI rejection of the latest proposal in the recent ballot many parents remained concerned as of how the rejection may affect their children”, says Rebecca Hemeryck, PRO of the NPCpp. “We received number of calls, letters and emails from parents of 3rd year students stressing the amount of hard work the students put into their portfolios of texts and that it is unacceptable to deny them the right to have their work externally assessed by the State Examination Commission.”

The National Parents Council post primary ensures that parents’ voice is represented at the national level. Several calls were made on the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) demanding:

• No more disruptions of education of our children
• Equal opportunity for all children at Exams
• Any further industrial action to take place outside teaching hours

Today’s statement by the State Examination Commission provides much needed reassurance to 3rd year students and their parents.

“We are delighted to learn that no student will be left behind”, says Rose Callan, President of the NPCpp. “The National Parents Council post primary called for equal opportunity for all children at state exams and today’s statement is good news for parents of 3rd year students.”

The National Parents Council post primary urges the Department of Education and Skills and the ASTI to hold firm to their promises to keep the best interest of our children at the centre of their deliberations and actions, while the industrial dispute remains unresolved.