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Thursday 2 October 2014

Minimum standards to be introduced for pre-school workers

Published 05/09/2014 | 08:45

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Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan
Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan

Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan says the government is working to ensure that all pre-school professionals obtain the same minimum requirements before they begin employment.

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Speaking on Newstalk's Breakfast programme this morning, the Limerick TD admitted that it is a concern that not all workers are fully qualified.

"This is one of the issues we are looking at," she said.

"Some people don't have qualifications and some would have very high qualifications. There are a number of organisations that have their own qualifications, but we want to ensure that everyone has the best possible qualifications."

"We want a minimum standard and give our children the best possible opportunity to learn."

The Minister also said that it will be October before she will meet again with the ASTI and TUI in relation to the proposed changes to the Junior Certificate cycle, but says the initial meeting was positive.

"I listened to the concerns which were deeply felt. It is vital that teachers are comfortable implementing curriculum which will be gradual."

"I want time to reflect on the issues raised," she said adding that the main concerns from the teachers were in relation to assessment and external assessment.

"We want on-going assessment, we want to make sure students have the opportunity to work in groups, that in languages there is an emphasis on spoken language," she added.

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