Saturday 23 September 2017

Additional teaching posts welcomed

There will be 2,260 additional teaching posts. Picture posed
There will be 2,260 additional teaching posts. Picture posed
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Secondary school teacher Liz Walsh believes that the Government's funding for the education sector in this year's Budget is a move in the right direction.

The announcement that there will be 2,260 additional teaching posts introduced was welcomed by the Dublin-based teacher, particularly because 550 will be provided at post-primary level in the area of guidance counselling.

"I am happy that they have introduced more teachers into the system, especially with the rise in pupils coming into the system. So I think it is needed, so that is a positive," the mother-of-one said.

The ASTI member said the drop in pupil-teacher ratios will have a bigger impact in primary schools, but has welcomed the announcement as "it is the way forward".

The increase in the budget for the Department of Education needs to be directed towards schools and buildings, according to the mother-of-one.

"It's not personally [affecting me], but I am aware of colleagues that would be working in very old buildings and as a result facilities wouldn't be great for students, things like gyms and things like that," she added.

Irish Independent

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