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Teaching 'more difficult in past 10 years'

THE public believe teaching has become more difficult in the past 10 years, a new survey for the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) shows.

But it shows there is an understanding among the public of the difficulty of the work in schools.

According to the survey, by Behaviour and Attitudes, 62pc of the public thought the range of weekly tasks second-level teachers had to complete had increased compared with 10 years ago; with 10pc believing that these tasks had decreased.

In addition, 58pc of the public believe hours spent working per week by second-level teachers in addition to teaching has increased, and that they do 14 hours on top of their contracted 18-22 classroom hours. The TUI says the reality is higher.

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