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Loss of 500 teaching jobs in CFEs is result of rise in pupil-teacher ratio

16 January, 2013 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil tonight on the rise in the pupil-teacher ratio in Colleges of Further Education, Sinn Féin’s education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD said he believed that the government had not “thought through” the consequences.
He said: “Given the nature of teaching today this will mean the loss of approx 500 jobs on the ground.” He asked how the government would react if a private company announced the loss of so many jobs.
Pointing to the changes in Further Education, he said: “It can no longer be seen as just for young learners who recently completed post primary education.
“The reality is that the profile of students at Further Education colleges is now very diverse, they include mature adults and those recently completing post primary education.
“Anyone who suggests that a simple two point increase is only bringing the FE sector into line with what already exists in the post primary sector and can be absorbed is just not living in the real world.
“What is being proposed contradicts this government’s own policy. How can the government say on one hand that it is their stated policy to prioritise the role of further education in economic recovery and then with the other hand pillage the very resources FE needs to meet this stated aim?
“I would ask the Minister to revisit this proposal, reflect on its impact and not to proceed with it.”

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