Thursday 23 November 2017

Just 250 unemployed teachers make grade for exam posts

Gareth Naughton

Just 250 unemployed teachers successfully applied to monitor exam halls this year, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed.

According to figures released by the SEC, 4,861 superintendents have been appointed so far to oversee examinations around the country for the Junior and Leaving Certificates this year, but only 5pc of those positions went to unemployed teachers. An additional 766 substitute teachers were also appointed.

The majority of the positions were filled by serving permanent or temporary full-time or part-time teachers.

However, 1,049 retired teachers were also successful in their application for the roles.

A spokeswoman for the SEC said that almost all of the unemployed teachers who applied for the positions were successful and that those who didn't may not have met the criteria.

The SEC has a long-standing policy of prioritising applications from non-permanent teachers, she said.

Figures released by the SEC show that of the 287 unemployed teachers who applied, 35 subsequently withdrew from the process, leaving just two who failed to win a position.

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland has long campaigned to have the process opened up so that younger teachers are given the opportunity to become superintendents.

A spokeswoman for the union said it welcomed the progress made in hiring unemployed teachers but there was room for improvement.

Irish Independent

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