Ireland’s shortage of teachers
IrishWorld: Ireland is suffering an acute shortage of teachers, reports The Irish Times following a canvas of various schools’ representatives...The Joint Managerial Body, carried out a survey of 153 schools and found the most difficult vacancies to fill were Irish, French, maths, home economics, German and science.
Last month the Irish government said it will take action this year to ensure there are enough teachers in key school subjects earmarked as crucial for future job growth. Read article
Department defends decision to close schools for second day
Irish Times: The Department of Education has defended its decision to close all schools for a second day in the face of criticism from some parents.The Joint Managerial Body, the managment body for second-level schools, also supported the move. “We very much accept that a call was needed at national level in the interests of oveall public safety, ” said John Curtis, the body’s general secretary. Read article
Census figures ‘legitimise’ faith-based school network, says cleric
Irish Times: A senior Church of Ireland figure has defended State funded faith-based schools, saying the fact that over 91.2 per cent of the population proclaims to practise a religion legitimises the current system. Read article
Pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools to reach lowest-ever level
Irish Independent: John Curtis, general secretary of the Joint Managerial Body, representing management in almost 400 secondary schools, said Ireland had a higher ratio of students to teaching staff than the European average, which warranted "attention in order to ensure the ongoing quality of the education".
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