Thursday, 31 January 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
This is an important issue and I know that a new system has been introduced with Revenue since the beginning of the year. There has been an issue with substitute teachers. Our officials are working on that with Revenue and we will ensure that we get through that. The Deputy's first point on substitute teachers' pay in general comes into the debate on teacher supply. We have major issues, particularly within the primary school sector, and what I am doing at the moment along with my officials is looking at teacher supply panels. I know that there were complications with this in the past but new systems have been introduced and there are new ways of doing business and of informing teachers, so now we might have a better and more coherent and efficient way of dealing with teacher supply panels and that is something I am very anxious to do.