Education must come above all
RELATIONS between the Department of Education and the teachers' unions are worsening in tandem with the strain on school managements caused by the public spending cuts. And in their responses to their members' difficulties, the unions have not always acted wisely.
In fairness, long before the cuts hit them they constantly and loudly called attention to the problems that beset the system as a whole.
In particular, they challenged the absence of adequate building programmes and educational aids. That so many thousands of our children receive their early education in damp, ramshackle prefabs is an outright disgrace. So is the delay in supplying computers for every classroom.