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'Bank of Mammy and Daddy' paying for student teacher placement - Martin Kenny TD

3 April, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal raised the issue of a lack of expenses for student teachers who are obliged to do a teaching placement, as part of their training.

They are not paid for their work during this placement and now, Deputy Kenny told Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, they do not even get expenses.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Kenny said:

“There was a grant of €650 towards this, but now that has been taken away.

"A Union of Students in Ireland survey revealed that it costs about €160 a week to cover the cost of classroom placement, which does not even cover accommodation if the placement is far from the student’s home.

“Many families who have someone who wants to be a teacher find that it is only open to those who are affluent.

"The Bank of Mammy and Daddy has to step in. I think that is an extremely unfortunate situation.

“Students also have to go to the Gaeltacht twice, which has a huge bearing on them.”

“So, there are two points. The grant for the Gaeltacht be restored and that the teachers would receive some payment, perhaps a percentage of a teacher’s wage, for their placement periods.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that he had no response to offer Deputy Kenny, but that he would consult with Minister Bruton and refer the Deputy’s question to him.

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