Acting Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan has said she is disappointed plans by the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland to stage a series of one day strikes from September.

The minister was responding to the ASTI announcement yesterday of the industrial action, which it is staging to protest against Junior Cycle Reform.

ASTI announced the industrial action in protest at the additional workload and the bureaucracy that it claims will come with the reforms, and which it says will be the expense of teaching.

In a statement, Minister O'Sullivan noted that the reforms had been accepted by the Teachers Union of Ireland.

She said she had made clear to the ASTI that her door was open to clarify any issues regarding the reforms.

The minister described the threatened industrial action as unwarranted and regressive.

She said that embarking on a series of strikes would serve only to damage and disadvantage students.