Thursday 25 May 2017

Katherine Donnelly: Frightening figures on 'babysitting' teachers must be wake-up call

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THE damaging effects might take longer to show, but having a person with no teaching qualifications in front of a class compares with asking someone with no medical training to diagnose an illness.

If last year's OECD/PISA report showing a drop in literacy and numeracy levels among Irish 15-year-olds were shocking, today's revelations are scary.

There are many reasons to be uncomfortable about the figures exposing the extent of the use of unqualified and retired teachers in schools.

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