Retired teachers cash in on lucrative supervision work
Retired teachers are topping up generous public service pensions by cashing in on exam supervision and correcting work - despite ongoing anger over a 'two-tier' pay scale and conditions for their younger colleagues.
It comes as CAO points will be released early tomorrow morning, signalling this year's range of first round of offers.
Meanwhile, it has emerged a total of 1,089 retirees were recruited as exam superintendents during the 2017 Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations, new figures obtained by the Sunday Independent reveal.
This compares with 1,016 in 2013. Some 204 retired teachers were also taken on to correct oral examinations.
During this summer's State exam season, 5,131 superintendents were appointed to ensure exam halls were adequately staffed. In total, 1,089 were classified as retired. In 2016, a total of 5,119 applicants were employed in the role. Significantly, the figures show 1,119 were retired teachers.
Superintendents receive a fee of €280.08 on the day they collect their box of examination papers and prepare their examining centres. They also receive a daily rate of €112.04 for the remainder of their assignment.
Tomorrow's Irish Independent will include a special 32-page supplement featuring the points for all 1,492 courses, and a host of advice and information for those who have received offers and those who have not. The National Parents Council post primary (NPCpp) Helpline will open tomorrow (8am-7pm) to deal with inquiries, and, to supplement that, tomorrow morning, there will be an interactive blog on Independent.ie