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Sinn Féin urges harmonisation of teacher qualifications

15 November, 2004

Sinn Fein education spokesperson, Newry Armagh MLA Davy Hyland, speaking after attending an all-Ireland teacher training conference in Armagh has called for the harmonisation of teaching qualifications throughout the island.

Speaking after the conference, Mr. Hyland stated:

"This was an interesting and informative conference, made more valuable by the contributions of teacher and teaching associations from across the island of Ireland. It is important that there is more of this type of cross border work throughout the whole sector of education. It allows for greater sharing of experience and expertise and can only benefit teachers and in the long run children and young people.

"Sinn Fein believes that we need to see a greater priority given to the harmonisation of teaching qualifications North and South and this type of conference is another step in the right direction. Harmonisation of teaching qualifications would facilitate greater movement of teachers across the island and lead to increased skills sharing. I look forward to seeing further all-Ireland work in this field in the future." ENDS

Note to Editors

This was the second annual conference of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS) and was attended by representatives of the teaching fraternity the length and breadth of the island of Ireland.

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