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
Hundreds of schools may close for parent-teacher meetings
Irish Independent: The Joint Managerial Body, which represents about 500 voluntary secondary schools, is understood to have recently alerted the Department of Education that schools may now end up scheduling parent-teacher meetings and important staff meetings during school hours. 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.
Interview with JMB G.S. on School Closures
John Curtis, General Secretary of JMB, Kieran Christie, General Secretary ASTI, and Elayne Byrne, Sunday Business Post discuss the closure of schools with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio one.