Thursday 18 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Weakest pupils to lose out from Quinn's changes

Cutting the number of career guidance staff is a cynical 'saving' that will only backfire on us all, says Colm O'Rourke

With all that has been going on in terms of budget cutbacks, the most nasty and insidious one in terms of education is making career guidance teachers part of the normal teacher allocation in schools.

Most people have no understanding of what is involved here, so in general this change passed unnoticed. What it will mean in reality is that schools will have fewer teachers and bigger classes as almost every school will have to cut their teaching numbers from September.

At the time, the Department of Education said this was the only alternative to increasing the pupil-teacher ratio. But the net effect is the same -- almost all schools will experience an increase in the pupil-teacher ratio.

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