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INTO Press Release: Education Needs Investment - Not Cuts

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) today issued a call for interested parties to support their call for investment and not cuts to Education.

Mr Gerry Murphy, Northern Secretary (INTO) said,

“INTO fully supports the continuance of the Signature Project as an aide to improving Numeracy and Literacy levels in schools. The case for maintaining the Project is solid. All the indications from schools confirm that it is making a real difference to the young people it was designed to benefit. Suspicion that the Project will be ended and not extended is indicative of the Department of Education’s obsession with cost, rather than the value of education. INTO as the leading teaching union, is concerned about tackling issues of under achievement on a long term basis. Extending the Signature Project would signal that the DE shares this view. 

Mr Murphy continued,

INTO is urging the formation of an education taskforce involving INTO and others prepared to think strategically with the aim of developing a long term plan for education. A plan that will place education at the heart of economic and social policy making. However to allow this group to function effectively and make informed recommendations, there must be a move away from the short term approach prevalent among officials in DE and DFP. INTO accepts that cost is a factor but it cannot be allowed to overwhelm ambition.

Mr Murphy concluded,

Our education system is in crisis. We lurch from one announcement to another in the hope that the next one will bring better news. Children deserve better and our economy deserves better. If we do not change now it will be too late for another generation of children. Any benefits that arise from the attraction of high value jobs will be lost because we will also have to import the individuals to fill them. We urge those with influence to join with INTO in placing education where it deserves to be at the centre of government policy, as the driver of economic prosperity.”