Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the announcement today by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister unveiling a scheme that will guarantee employment to 230 newly qualified teachers is a step forward in ensuring that young teachers get on the rung of employment.
Mr. Hazzard said,
“One of the biggest criticisms of the past few years coming from newly qualified teachers is that they cannot access a placement in a school that will allow them experience to compete for jobs within the profession.
“This scheme is excellent in that it will employ 230 teachers to deliver one to one tuition in order to raise standards in English and Maths.
“Many young people are leaving school without achieving a basic qualification in either English or Maths and putting extra resource into addressing this should help reduce this number.
“It will also allow schools who are struggling under budgets constraints to have access to a teacher to provide extra tuition to those pupils who need a helping hand to fulfil their potential.
“It is important that we higher standards right across the board and allow newly qualified teachers to gain employment and this announcement today will help achieve both objectives.”