Teacher shortage in small schools

Some small secondary schools may not be able to provide the full curriculum in September if they do not get a sufficient teacher allocation.

The issue of teacher allocations was brought up by Cllr Mary Bohan at the Leitrim, Sligo & Mayo ETB meeting in Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday, March 24. She asked the Chief Executive how the appeals for more teachers for 2014/’15 term to the Department of Education were progressing for schools in Leitrim. She said some schools in Leitrim have had the worst allocations “since the amalgamation of the VECs.”

Cllr Bohan said it is “crucial” these appeals are pushed. She said the “Department turned a blind eye to overstaffing voluntary secondary schools” and VEC schools must fight for their basic allocation.

She put forward a resolution that the Department of Education provide adequate staffing to all schools. She said it was “ridiculous” that every VEC school has to fight for adequate teacher numbers each year. She said this process disrupts the timetabling plans for each school. Community Representative, Sean Loughlin supported Cllr Bohan, and the motion was passed by the three counties.

CEO Joe McDonagh said the appeals have been sent to the Department and they are awaiting a reply. He said there is a second appeal process also open to them.


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