Sunday 21 October 2018

A school principal sacked for a principle

John Carr

MANY PEOPLE will be shocked to learn that a principal teacher in a primary school is to be sacked today in a dispute about the teaching of religion. In teaching, as in most other employments, the sanction of dismissal is rare and applies only in extreme circumstances.

Most people will find it incredible that a principal teacher would be sacked and his livelihood jeopardised for simply making a real and genuine effort to ensure that religion was taught and that the rights and sensitivities of different groups were upheld and respected. There was no question, as some have tried to make out, that it was about a refusal to teach religion.

This principal teacher, as a central part of his school community, made a genuine and professional attempt to turn the vision of interdenominational education into reality in Dunboyne, Co Meath. For this he is to lose his position. However his good name and his reputation remain unblemished.

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