Saturday 20 January 2018

'Different pay scales bad for morale'


Teacher Kieran Tummon can ‘see the stress’ younger colleagues are under. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Teacher Kieran Tummon can ‘see the stress’ younger colleagues are under. Photo: Colin O'Riordan Newsdesk

Teacher Kieran Tummon is disappointed there was no specific reference to restoring funding for the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme (LCAP).

The woodwork and mechanical drawing teacher, at Mount Temple Comprehensive in Clontarf, Dublin, would also like to see measures to bring all teachers in the staff room on to the same pay scale.

"The funding for our Leaving Certificate Applied Programme has been cut over the last few years, and that's very important to keep students in the education system," said Mr Tummon, who has more than 30 years' experience in education.

"There was nothing specific in the Budget and no reference to restoring teachers' pay, which we didn't expect, and no investment in the LCAP."

He said the announcement of 1,300 additional teaching posts was something that the Government had to do for the coming year, because of the increase in the number of school-going children.

He also welcomed the announcement of over 1,000 special needs assistants, bringing the total number to 15,000.

"Well, that's great news, and I'm very happy with that," he added.

Although there has been some restoration of his pay, he said the staffroom was still unequal, with younger colleagues who entered the profession after 2011 on a lesser pay scale and pension entitlements.

"Having two different pay scales is bad for morale. I don't want to be asking for more pay until they're on the same salary scale as I'm on.

"It just doesn't seem right, and I can see the stress these teachers are under," he added.

Irish Independent

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