Sunday 25 February 2018

Openness would help graduates find work

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

THERE is no excuse for primary-school principals in Dublin on Monday.

If they don't know already, there are a minimum of 100 qualified teachers available for work within a 10-mile radius of the city centre on Monday.

That shows up on the Irish National Teachers Organisation's (INTO) 'subsearch' facility alone.

But the principal of a rural school may not have the same choice.

Figures from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn show that 140 retired teachers have got work covering short-term absences in recent weeks. What the figures don't tell us is whether it was for a couple of days, a week, or longer. Nor do they tell us why.

According to the minister, where were 8,519 absences of less than six days and 2,687 of six or more days.

There is no doubt but that unemployed teachers filled the vast majority of these -- but we don't know in what circumstances retired teachers were called in.

The new rules on prioritising unemployed teachers for substitute work came with a promise of periodic reports giving updates on the situation.

They have not appeared -- but would help to point young teachers to where the jobs are.

Irish Independent

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