Sunday 4 December 2016

Plea for 'common sense' over hugely unproductive Croke Park Agreement hours

Published 30/03/2016 | 02:30

Denise Hughes, left, at the ASTI conference in Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney
Denise Hughes, left, at the ASTI conference in Cork. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney

Eight in 10 teachers consider extra Croke Park Agreement hours to be hugely unproductive, the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland heard.

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ASTI president Máire Ní Chiarba appealed to the next Government to listen to "common sense" over issues such as young teacher pay, Croke Park Agreement hours and unnecessary reforms.

"The introduction of the infamous and insulting Croke Park Agreement (CPA) hours, which I always call 'detention for teachers', attempted to poison our goodwill," she said.

She added that this undermined "the extraordinary, unrecognised and undervalued contribution we make to the holistic education of the young people of this country. What an insult to a profession like ours."

The ASTI boss said a Millward Brown study found that 80pc of teachers consider Croke Park hours to be "the least productive task undertaken by them".

Under CPA, an extra 33 hours per year must be delivered by teachers - and this is being delivered through staff meetings and in-school sessions rather than direct classroom teaching.

The study found that teachers considered the extra hours to be hugely unproductive.

In terms of job satisfaction, just 11pc of teachers said they were very satisfied with their jobs - 28pc said they were either very dissatisfied or quite dissatisfied.

Irish Independent

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