Monday 18 December 2017

Axe falls on permanent teaching positions

Katherine Donnelly

The axe has fallen on the filling of teaching posts from next week, while 17,000 school staff, such as secretaries and caretakers, are facing a 5pc pay cut in January.

The Department of Education has imposed the double whammy as part of the four-year national economic recovery plan.

The department has introduced a freeze on permanent teaching appointments in primary schools from next Wednesday, December 1, when posts can be filled only on a temporary basis.

At second level, schools have been told that an existing policy providing for vacancies arising from November in the school year to be filled only a casual basis must be rigidly applied.

The clampdown is aimed at ensuring that permanent positions are available for staff being redeployed from support roles, such as resource and English language teaching, which are being eliminated or phased out next year.

The department intends to reduce overall teaching numbers by 1,200 next year, mainly through the redeployment plan.

Irish Independent

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