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Saturday 17 March 2018

Primary schools to gain from easing of jobs ban

Brian McDonald and Katherine Donnelly

THE relaxation of the ban on filling middle-management posts in schools will apply at primary and post-primary level.

Education Minister Mary Coughlan has formally announced a partial lifting of the moratorium, which has left about 1,000 promotional posts unfilled.

Primary teachers warned yesterday that the moratorium was having a very significant demoralising effect in schools.

Teachers are refusing to do the work of an unfilled promotional post, such as assistant principals, year head or exams co-ordinator, as part of their protest against education cuts. Only principal and deputy principal positions are currently being filled.

The minister has not given details of how the ban is to be relaxed, but it will be done on a school-by-school basis. She said she was conscious that the impact of the moratorium had been felt unevenly in schools depending on the level of retirements. Where there was "an acute problem" she was going apply some limited alleviation.

She made the announcement at the Teachers' Union of Ireland conference. It was later confirmed that the move would also apply at primary level.

Irish Independent

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