Sunday 24 September 2017

'The job has become more demanding'

Hands up: Gerry Murphy, principal of St Joseph's National School, Dundalk, says the role has more accountability than before
Hands up: Gerry Murphy, principal of St Joseph's National School, Dundalk, says the role has more accountability than before

Gerry Murphy, principal of St Joseph's National School in Dundalk, has seen changes to the job since he first became a head 30 years ago.

"I have found it a very rewarding job, but I am not sure I would advise my children to go into education.

"The job of a principal has become more demanding. When I was first appointed there was nowhere near the same level of accountability.

"As a principal you deal with everything. Human Resources takes up a lot of time. The school's upkeep is also the principal's responsibility. . . We are upgrading the electrics in the school.

"I am fortunate that I am in a larger school and I can devote all my time to administration. In smaller schools principals have to teach. Having been a teaching principal in the past I can see why people are reluctant to take on the job. One minute you might be teaching, the next you might be trying to get a broken boiler fixed."

Irish Independent

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