Primary schools get nod on 2,000 temporary jobs
TEMPORARY primary teachers who have been worried about their job prospects in September can breathe a sigh of relief.
Primary schools have been given the all-clear to fill about 2,000 temporary vacancies, such as covering for a career break, maternity leave or long-term sickness.
This is welcome news to temporary teachers already in schools, who are first in line to take the jobs.
There were concerns earlier this year when the Department of Education announced that permanent teachers being redeployed because of cutbacks had first option on all jobs.
More than 800 permanent teachers have now been redeployed and the department has cleared the way for the 2,000 temporary positions to be filled.
Problems with the redeployment process remain in two areas only: the diocese of Tuam and the diocese of Raphoe. As a result, the filling of temporary posts in these and neighbouring dioceses remains blocked.
However, about 2,000 primary teachers graduating this summer continue to face uncertainty. They may struggle to find work and will be depending on further temporary opportunities or work as a substitute.
There is hope that moves by the department to rid schools of unqualified staff will open up further opportunities.