Teachers across Ireland are getting the message that if they want to retain their jobs they need to be more self-confident, more professional and more caring.
The International Federation of Teachers (IFT) has warned that as many as 100,000 teachers are “in danger of losing their jobs” as a result of a shortage of new staff.
The IFT, which represents more than 100,00 teaching professions, is calling for the government to ensure all new teachers are given a chance to demonstrate they are capable of teaching at the highest levels.
In a submission to the government, the organisation highlighted a new study conducted by the Department of Education that showed only 15% of all new teaching jobs are held by people who have completed their secondary qualifications.
“These are not the jobs that would attract a career in teaching,” said IFT head of policy and strategy, Michael Collins.
“Many of the jobs in the system are not for those who have received a secondary education.
They are for people who are currently working in the education sector, for those currently working, or for the students who will be teaching them.”
The government’s consultation paper on the future of teaching, which was released on Monday, has already received a lot of criticism, with some saying the figures do not reflect the reality of the profession.
“The government is not giving people a fair chance.
It’s not about the numbers.
It is about the way they are being run,” said Clare Murphy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.”
They will make sure that the people who work in the business get the jobs. “
This is a classic case of what happens when you run a business, where the owners are the bosses.
The people of this country deserve a fair go.””
The government can’t do that.
The people of this country deserve a fair go.”
The Government’s consultation on the new teacher jobs was launched after the government last week revealed that a further 50,000 new teachers will be required to be trained across the country.
The new figures were based on the number of teachers who are expected to be hired to teach by 2021 and the number who will need to apply for teaching positions.
It is estimated that as much as 1.8 million new teaching positions are currently unfilled in the Irish teaching sector.
The Government has proposed a new salary of €65,000 per year, a new job classification of teacher and a new career pathway.
The government also announced plans to allow people to earn more than €500,000 in a career if they have already completed their qualifications.
The IFT said it was not happy with the proposals, and the Government should listen to the views of all people who were looking for a new teaching career.
“In Ireland, the vast majority of teaching jobs come from people with qualifications in the top levels of the discipline.
We should not have to put up with this type of system, this lack of opportunity,” said Collins.
“We need a clear vision of the role teachers are meant to play in society.”
There needs to be a clear focus on providing a fair, sustainable, sustainable pathway for young people to get into teaching, and we need a better system that recognises the need for people to learn in an apprenticeship.
“A teacher should be able to earn enough to provide for their family and their career and then move on to a career with a strong foundation of skills.”
“It’s time that we gave the next generation of Irish teachers the chance to achieve what they’ve got to offer,” said Murphy.
“It’s a great opportunity to make a difference in our society, and to be rewarded for it.”