Unions made the announcement in the row over Junior Certificate reforms.
Talks with the Department of Education ended this week after teachers rejected new proposals that included a final exam in third year which it is proposed will account for 60% of junior cycle marks to be marked externally.
Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said: “It is deeply regrettable that the ASTI and the TUI have decided to embark on a course of action that will disrupt schools and cause serious inconvenience for students and their families. This decision is at variance with the potential for progress on junior cycle reform that is currently on the table.”
“Over recent months I have accepted the genuine concerns that many teachers had about the future of the junior cycle. In putting a new offer on the table this week I have gone as far as I can to address those concerns while still maintaining the integrity of junior cycle reform.”
“This new offer has the capacity to break the impasse and enable us to move forward and introduce a reformed junior cycle that is in the interests of students. Unfortunately, both unions have decided not to engage and will now embark on unnecessary and disproportionate strike action.”