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Teaching crisis: ‘I put out a text on the WhatsApp group and hold my breath, hoping someone can help’ - primary principal

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Bryan Collins, principal of Scoil Feichín primary school in Termonfeckin, Co Louth. Photo: Frank McGrath

Bryan Collins, principal of Scoil Feichín primary school in Termonfeckin, Co Louth. Photo: Frank McGrath

Bryan Collins, principal of Scoil Feichín primary school in Termonfeckin, Co Louth. Photo: Frank McGrath

A teacher is suddenly ill and principal Bryan Collins posts a message on a WhatsApp group looking for a sub. “I hold my breath hoping someone can help,” he says.

He might be lucky, but often he is not, and it means pulling a special education teacher away from their core duties to take a class or stepping in himself to fill the gap. Either option creates another problem.


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