Dáil debates

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Opening of Schools and Calculated Grades: Statements


10:45 pm

Photo of Gary GannonGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

That is okay because I do not have that much time. The 1,000 new teachers that were allocated for secondary schools are very welcome. We have 723 secondary schools in this country. Does the Minister believe that will be enough if there is a second wave?

I will also touch on the recruitment process for those 1,000 teachers. There is currently no advertisement related to the recruitment of these new teachers. When will the advertisement happen for the recruitment of these teachers? The Minister will be aware there is a two-week window in which these advertisements have to take place. There is also an interview process. When does the Minister believe these teachers will be ready to start teaching in class and what should happen in the meantime? I do not believe they will be ready in four weeks, given the short timeframe. As part of that new recruitment, there is also the very welcome reallocation of 123 career guidance counsellors for 723 schools. How will the allocation of career guidance counsellors be given to those schools? How can a school be fortunate enough to get one of those counsellors?


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