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Thursday 21 August 2014

Random classroom checks a 'nightmare for teachers'

Ralph Riegel

Published 25/04/2014 | 02:30

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Q RANDOM Department of Education classroom checks dubbed drive-by inspections have been slated by teachers for the stress they exert on school staff.

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ASTI members hit out at the random inspections that have more than trebled in number in Irish secondary schools in the space of 12 months.

Inspections have soared from just 92 in 2011 to 342 in 2012.

ASTI members claimed that such drive-by inspections impose unnecessary stress on teachers and do not accurately reflect education efficiencies.

Retired Kerry teacher Lily Cronin said an inspection at her former school generated emotions akin to teachers being "murdered and crucified". "It was like as if the world was going to collapse on us all," she said.

ASTI vice-president elect, Maire Ni Chiarba, said she had grave reservations about the random inspections. The ASTI official said it was worrying that an inspector who may have been out of the classroom for years can still be expected to help improve specific teachers with their work.

Irish Independent

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