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Employment of New Teachers 07/09/16

Employment of New Teachers a Priority

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Press Statement Irish National Teachers’ Organisation


225 fully qualified teachers without work today

There are more than two hundred fully qualified primary teachers available for work in primary schools today according to the INTO. The union said 225 teachers were registered on its Subsearch website today indicating they were available for any casual work in schools in all parts of the country.

The INTO said this was a complete reversal from the last school year when there were very few qualified teachers available for short term work. Last year because of this, schools had to ask retired teachers to step into classes to cover. This was the result of an extension of teacher training courses from 3 to 4 years meaning there were fewer teaching graduates last year.

But the union stressed last year was a one off event.

For a number of years the union has advocated to schools that priority is given to recently qualified teachers available for work over retired teachers. This year the INTO again reiterates this call.

The INTO said this cohort of teachers was not surplus to requirements but needed to provide continuity of cover in schools.

Sheila Nunan general secretary of the INTO said these teachers would be lost to the primary education system through emigration or employment in other sectors unless the government moved to regularise their employment prospects. She called for the government to honour a promise by former Minister Ruairi Quinn to put in place panels of supply teachers to cover occasional teacher absences.

“Such a scheme will guarantee schools cover when they need it and secure employment for teachers,” said Ms Nunan. She also called on the Teaching Council and the Department of Education to properly regulate teacher supply to prevent what she called swings between over-supply and under-supply of teachers.