There is no sign of a breakthrough in the teachers dispute with up to 27,000 secondary level teachers set to engage in strike action next Tuesday.
It is as a result of proposed reform of the Junior Cert by Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan, including increased continuous assessment.
Talks with the Department of Education ended last week after the two sides failed to reach agreement.
Teachers rejected new proposals that included a final exam in third year - accounting for 60% of junior cycle marks to be marked externally.
Ms O'Sullivan said under the proposals, classroom teachers would only be responsible for 40% of the marks, with the State Exams Commission responsible for marking the rest.
Gerry Quinn is president of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI).
He told Newstalk Lunchtime earlier that unless the Ms O'Sullivan removes the principle of school-based assessment from the negotiations, teachers are not for turning.