Schools managers criticise plans to cut uniform costs for parents
Irish Times: Plans to make schools cut the cost of uniforms and books for parents amount to “unaccepable micro-management,” the president of the country’s largest school management body has said.
Last week Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced plans to link increased capitation payments to schools who implement new cost-cutting measures such as generic uniforms and book rental schemes. Read article
Parents prefer to buy branded uniforms, claims schools boss
Irish Independent: Parents prefer branded uniforms to cheaper generic clothes because they last longer, the schools' management president claims. Education Minister Richard Bruton's new guidelines on uniform and book costs were also branded a "fig leaf" to cover up inadequate funding for schools. Read article
Industrial action could hit school sport events from September
Irish Examiner: School sports, exam-related field trips, and other off-site activities could be affected by industrial action planned by teachers at hundreds of second-level schools from September. JMB general secretary John Curtis said “We have notified the department that we would like some clarification of what’s intended, so they will have to meet with the ASTI before we can assess the situation fully,”. Read article
It is time to end junior cycle uncertainty for pupils and parents
Irish Independent: Read John Curtis's (general secretary of the JMB) article. Read article
Can new laws solve the school admissions rat-race?
Irish Times: John Curtis is general secretary of the Joint Managerial Body, which represents school management in over 400 secondary schools. It believes that the siblings and children of past pupils should be given priority where oversubscription applies.