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O’Brien calls on Minister to stop foisting extra work on teachers that they can’t deliver

1 December, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking in advance of planned industrial action by teachers tomorrow, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the Minister to be proactive and look at why teachers are going on strike tomorrow in order to address their concerns.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“The government PR machine is in full swing and we are being bombarded with messages criticising teachers for their strike action, however this fails to acknowledge that teachers are not going on strike lightly.

“Teachers are expected to perform miracles in under-resourced schools after consistent cutbacks to annual budgets.

“And now they are expected to deliver reforms to a system with insufficient training or the resources to do it.

“Foisting more work on teachers without giving them the resources or training to do it, while failing to provide the actual evidence to show this is a good policy decision is a recipe for disaster.

“I am calling on the Minister to look at this issue on the whole, and in the context of the cutbacks which she has inflicted on schools and engage in further negotiations with the trade unions.”

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