Cuts in teacher training undermine education outcomes–Crowe
Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has describedthe Government’s decision to cut the application of qualification allowances for teachers as announced in Budget 2012 as a flawed approach to the funding crisis.
Deputy Crowe said: “Teachers currently undertaking academic courses which began before the Budget 2012 announcement, had a legitimate expectation to receive the allowances that were available when they signed up for further study.
“This latest cut is not only unfair, it will have serious and long term implications for the standards of teaching in our schools. Capping allowances will discourage teachers from engaging in further study and will remove an important incentive that encourages those working within the education sector to upskill.
“ It will be a major deterrent because of the personal and financial commitments required by those undertaking higher education courses. Cuts to teacher training allowances will inevitably undermine the quality of teaching and in turn educational outcomes.
“This cut will also be seen as another attack on young teachers entering the teaching profession who currently earn more than 14% less than their colleagues and will soon be forced to join an inferior pension scheme which will see them paying more towards their pension than will ever receive in benefits.
“ The Minister for Education’s Ruairi Quinn’s attack on training allowances, pay and benefits is a false economy. It is also undermining education and the goodwill that see it delivered day in and day out for students by teachers. “ENDS