Harsh lessons lie ahead for our graduate teachers
Newly qualified teachers forced to emigrate for work say they have no plans to return to Ireland in the coming years. Amid speculation that as many as 2,000 teaching posts could be axed by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, hundreds of fresh-faced teachers are applying for jobs in the UK with most securing full-time posts.
Following her graduation from NUIG in May, Aoife McAdden refused to contemplate being unemployed. "After working hard in university for four years I wasn't prepared to end up on social welfare," she says at the end of her day's work at the Gateway Academy School in Tilbury, Essex.
One of four Irish teachers to have joined the secondary school this year, the 23-year-old from Streete near Mullingar, says the opportunities in the sector at home are abysmal.