The National Secretary of the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), Sheila Noonan was in Longford recently where she addressed members.
“Budget 2013 had some good news in that there was an announcement of 900 additional primary teaching jobs,” she said, adding that the chances of newly qualified teachers securing jobs had also “greatly increased”.
“The reason for the new teaching posts is twofold; we now have an increasing population of children of primary school age, and there will be no new increase in pupil teacher ratio.”
Ms Noonan went on to say that cuts made to the sector in last year’s budget, had impacted negatively on many schools, including those in Co Longford, and she pointed to the important role that branch members held with regard to change. “I am heartened that there is no increase in class size”, she continued. “INTO along with the key alliance group who organised the Protect Primary Education in Budget campaign are calling on the Department of Education to develop a strategic 3-5 year plan to enable smaller schools - particularly in rural areas- to plan for their future. It is also time to ask the Minister to publish the long awaited ‘Value for Money Report’.”