According to the Department of Education, 6,000 new teaching posts have been created in the country since 2016, with over 1,000 posts to be filled in 2019.
Primary and post-primary school enrolments rose by 9,799 this September according to a recent published report. Total enrolments in primary schools increased by 4,318 in September 2018, while enrolments in post-primary schools increased by 5,481 pupils.
Second-Level students are set to continue increasing rapidly in numbers, and it is anticipated that the amount of students in secondary education could rise to 400,000 pupils in 2024, according to the Irish Times.
The Budget 2019 expenditure report states that an increase in funding will allow the Department of Education to recruit over 1,300 new posts in schools. These include 271 additional teachers and 101 teaching posts in special classes. There are also to be an additional 950 SNA posts created in 2019.
But this job announcement and recruitment drive for new teachers is not without its detractors. Since the lower pay-arrangements for teachers brought in in January 2011, Teachers Unions have been campaigning about pay inequity. The government have proposed measures to improve matters, and the new measures would allow teachers taken on since 2011 to jump increments on the pay scale. The country’s largest secondary teachers’ union has narrowly rejected the Government proposals to address the controversial two-tier pay system in schools while members of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) have voted by a narrow 53pc to 47pc to accept the deal on new entrant salary scales .Read more here.
There are also disputes over lack of permanent contracts for teachers, with most new entrants to the profession securing only part-time or temporary contracts. However, the new job creation by the government is hoped to combat this. Read more about teacher contracts and salaries on the ASTI website.
In April 2018, the Government announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement included 26 new schools at primary level and 16 new schools at post-primary level. To read the full Department of Education press release, see their information page.
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