Saturday 18 November 2017

Pursue TDs who hog teacher jobs

Sir -- The pre-election revelations concerning TDs who have entitlements to teachers' pensions were most welcome and will undoubtedly have focused the minds of many voters. This debate needs to be kept active and should not be confined to occasions when a change of government occurs.

The reaction of Micheal Martin TD, to this recurring controversy requires careful scrutiny. Mr Martin has repeatedly stated that there would have been no position available for a temporary teacher at the school where he formerly taught, if he had previously resigned. His response avoids the crucial point that a vacancy for a permanent teacher would have been created had he quit.

It is pointless reserving teaching jobs for TDs, since many have made life-long careers in politics and won't be returning to the classroom. This practice has blocked access to permanent teaching jobs, which could otherwise have been made available to graduates.

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