Emer O'Kelly: Quinn challenges untouchables
An end to the protection of inadequate teachers is long overdue
ONCE again teachers, the people to whom parents have no option but to entrust the ethical formation of their children for hours of the day, have disgraced themselves. The members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland have signed up, almost gleefully it seems, to a defiant charter of threatened strike action if they do not get preferential treatment, not just above and beyond every other public servant in the country, but also above their fellow teachers in the TUI and the INTO.
They have elected to reject the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement, as is their right, however damaging to the young people under their care it is, however idiotic, selfish, and disruptive it is of national welfare. But like spoiled children, they're now screaming their heads off at the prospect of suffering the punishment already spelled out for such misbehaviour.
And even the Association of School Principals and Deputy Principals, ie "their own", has criticised ASTI unequivocally.