Salary Cuts for New Teachers a Recipe for Disaster
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The general secretary of the Irish National Teachers Organisation today called on the Ministers for Public Service Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and the Minister for Education and Skills to restore the salary levels of new teachers or risk causing serious damage to the quality of teachers in Ireland.
The review carried out by a panel of international experts noted the high calibre of entrants to teacher education in Ireland. Its report stated that the academic standard of applicants to teaching is amongst the highest, if not the highest, in the world. It recommended that this rich resource be highly valued.
Ms Nunan said this recommendation stood in stark contrast to the series of wage cuts imposed on starting teachers.
Teachers starting teaching for the first time this September are being paid €27,814 which is €11,381 less than teachers recruited in 2010. The reduction comes about from a ten per cent pay reduction, a less favourable starting point on the salary scale and the non-payment of allowances which the union says is part of teachers’ salaries.
“At the very time a prestigious international report is advising government to value its excellent teachers the government demeans their work and erodes their goodwill by cutting their pay,” said Ms Nunan.
Teaching in Ireland is recognised in the report as an attractive career choice and recruitment is highly competitive. The work is seen as demanding and it attracts social prestige unlike in most other countries in Europe.
Ms Nunan said government could not continue to cut pay and expect to attract the brightest and the best into teaching. She called on government to pay new teachers the same allowances as their colleagues.
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Posted on September 18, 2012, in National Politics and tagged Brendan Howlin, EDUCATION, Education in the Republic of Ireland, Education reform, Higher Education Authority, Ireland, Irish National Teachers Organisation, Salary, Teacher. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.