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Thursday 23 February 2017

Teacher driven to embarrassment

Reddest face of the day belonged to the INTO member who had just sat through two days of debate on how tough things are for teachers and then heard an urgent request for her car to be removed as it was causing an obstruction.

Yes, you guessed it . . . a 2010 model.

Old school using natural props

Jaws dropped when Cobh delegate Alice O'Connell announced to the INTO congress that she was not supporting a motion calling on the Department of Education to implement a building programme based on each school's needs.

Alice teaches in a school built in 1914 and she advised delegates that she badly needed the classroom mice and the mushrooms growing up through the windows for her science and nature class.

Unions are like Cheryl Cole's hair

Dublin south branch delegate Bernard Lynch kept up tradition at the ASTI convention in Galway with a standard attack on the media and union leaders.

He compared the latter to Cheryl Cole's hair before the L'Oreal contract -- "Weak, limp, dull and strawlike".

Pay document just ain't pretty

The ASTI debate on pay produced much colourful prose, with verbal attacks on government vampires and tales of salary nightmares.

But Greta Harrison from West Mayo went further by insisting that the document was not so much "a fig leaf, more of a cling film that you can see right through . . . and it ain't pretty".

Brother taught new president

The principal teacher of Ardkeeran National School in Co Sligo, Jim Higgins, is the new president of the INTO.

He has the unique distinction of having been taught as a young boy in sixth class at Carrowcrory NS, Co Sligo, by his brother John.

Changing room guidelines sought

PE teachers want guidelines on the management of changing areas to protect them against claims by students of impropriety or sexual harassment.

Co Meath teacher Majella Mortell said it was a particular problem where men were required to supervise female quarters.

Irish Independent

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