INTO President’s anger at government education cuts “unsurprising” – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien
“There is mounting anger and disillusionment amongst primary school teachers across the 26 counties at the raft of government cuts that have impacted on education.” That is the opinion of Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien who made his comments after attending the President’s Address to delegates at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation annual congress in Cork today.
Deputy O’Brien said: “During her keynote address to delegates in Cork, the President of the INTO, Anne Fay, expressed the anger of teachers who have had to endure numerous cuts in pay and allowances and the loss of key support services.
“The impact on teachers’ morale cannot be overstated and they are expected to deliver the school curriculum in classes that are amongst the biggest in Europe and at a time when operating costs are rising and government funding is being slashed.
“All of this is happening when, as Ms Fay correctly stated, the government refuses to implement more equitable measures that would ensure the wealthy sections of Irish society share the State's finanical burden through fair taxation measures.
“It is clear that the government is failing to invest properly in education and teachers are being expected to implement important reforming measures, such as the literacy and numeracy strategy, without the allocation of proper resources.
“The government’s discredited austerity policies are having a direct impact on children’s education which is being compromised by short-sighted cuts to the primary and post-primary sector.”
Caption for attached photo: SF Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien pictured today with INTO member Eolan Ring and local party activist Darren O’Keeffe at the INTO congress in Cork.