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Press Release 17 May 2013: Teacher Investment Welcomed
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, (INTO), welcomed the announcement by Mr John O`Dowd, MLA, Minister for Education, that he has secured £12M from the OFMDFM scheme for Delivering Social Change Signature Project to employ around 230 recently qualified graduate teachers to address the issue of literacy and numeracy in selected primary and post primary schools.
Speaking following the announcement, Tony Carlin, Senior Official, INTO said:
“INTO welcomes this investment in the teaching profession. It will bring hope to those individuals about to graduate or those recently out of college that they may be able through this initiative to secure employment as a teacher for the next two years.”
Mr Carlin continued:
“INTO, however, is concerned that the teaching positions are only being offered on a two year fixed term basis. INTO feels that if the benefit of this initiative is not to be lost then all parties must look to a mechanism for refreshing the teaching workforce, and in doing so we must move to a position where we facilitate the release of older teachers across the disciplines but backfill these posts with recently qualified teaching graduates on a permanent basis. If our education system is to be a driver of the economy then we must plan long term and move away from short term initiatives.”
Mr Carlin concluded:
“INTO welcomes this initiative as a sign that government is prepared to invest in education. However there is a lot more that we can do. INTO calls on the Minister to actively progress the Refreshing the Teaching Workforce proposals put forward by INTO and other teacher unions and to demonstrate the importance profession, high quality, teacher led education is not only to the children in schools but to the overall success of the NI economy.”