The ASTI is joining the TUI in engaging with the calculated grades system for students, which will replace this year's Leaving Cert.

It's after lengthy talks of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland late last night.

The ASTI says it wants students to progress to the next stage of their lives, so it's advising its members to engage with the Calculated Grades for the Leaving Certificate process.

It's after the Government decided to call off this year's written exams and replace them with calculated grades.

The ASTI says it has a long-standing policy of teachers not assessing their students for the purpose of State Certification.

However, it says in the context of the current global pandemic  it recognises that this year it is necessary to engage with this new process.

The union says it has a number of major concerns with the process, which it's calling on the Minister for Education and Skills to address as a matter of urgency.

These include the Minister's rescinding of his previous decision to award students 100 per cent for orals and certain practical examinations which were to have taken place earlier this year.

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