Tuesday 23 July 2019

Minister urged to 'act quickly' to stop flow of teachers to the UAE

 

UAE bound: Education Minister Joe McHugh is to meet teachers. Photo: Frank McGrath
UAE bound: Education Minister Joe McHugh is to meet teachers. Photo: Frank McGrath
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The flow of Irish teachers to the Middle East is continuing, leader of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) John Boyle has warned.

He spoke as Education Minister Joe McHugh travelled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to meet emigrant teachers and tease out any barriers they see to returning home.

Mr McHugh is hosting two "town hall" meetings, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and more than 500 teachers have registered to attend.

Mr Boyle called for urgent action to end pay inequality, particularly for those who started work in Ireland between 2011 and 2014.

"I feel that he needs to act on these priorities pretty quickly. There is a big cohort of teachers out there, and there is a large number considering going out, and I would like to keep them at home," said Mr Boyle.

Irish Independent

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