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Monday 22 September 2014

GAA wants teachers' voluntary work recognised

Published 24/02/2014 | 02:30

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GAA president Liam O'Neill
GAA president Liam O'Neill

THE GAA is to lobby the Government in an effort to have voluntary work carried out by schoolteachers formally recognised.

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GAA president Liam O'Neill said public service agreements had caused problems for teachers who had previously been happy to undertake voluntary activities outside school hours.

He told delegates at the GAA's congress that the association would continue to pressurise the Government for a change of policy.

"I know those who planned the Croke Park Agreement did so in a hurry, and their haste to find a way to fill an extra hour per week per teacher may have blinded them to the benefit of recognising voluntary extra-curricular activity as a means of filling those hours.

"Those who framed the Haddington Road Agreement do not have that excuse, however. Voluntary extra-curricular activity deserves recognition and it is a source of dismay to me that the Department of Education and Science has failed to recognise this," said Mr O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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