43 teachers return from Middle East
More than 40 teachers have returned home from the Middle East to take up jobs in Irish schools as a result of the Turas Abhaile recruitment drive this summer.
A total of 131 teachers working in states such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and 47 Irish schools advertising 103 jobs, connected via the Turasabhaile.com website in its first 10 weeks, leading to 43 appointments so far.
The recruitment portal was set up by second-level school management bodies and the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals to make it easier for teachers who wanted to come home to be matched with vacancies. Interviews were conducted over Skype.
Soon after its launch in June, Education Minister Joe McHugh visited the United Arab Emirates to meet teachers and explore any obstacles to their return. John Irwin, general secretary of the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools, said the initiative, which will continue to the end of September, was exploratory and would be evaluated to see whether it was worth continuing and how it could be enhanced.