Monday 23 October 2017

Teachers don't know how good they have it

Liam Fay

Schooldays aren't necessarily the best days of your life but, for most people, they are certainly the shortest. One of the many perks enjoyed by teachers is the cushy timetable – with classes commencing in what most working adults would recognise as mid-morning and ending mid-afternoon.

All the more curious, therefore, that ASTI is threatening an industrial action campaign, which merely highlights the extent to which teachers do a part-time job for full-time pay. From next week, ASTI members will boycott meetings outside school hours, a laughably small window of availability.

Without evident shame, ASTI issued its threat only days after secondary schools reopened following a three-month (!) summer holiday. Timing is clearly not our teachers' strongest subject.

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