A ban on hiring staff is leading to the organisational structure of Irish schools "descending into chaos".
The Irish National Teachers Organisation was told by one school that the government's ban on employing staff means many have been left without employees in key middle-management positions, reports the Irish Independent.
Another claimed that unless the state relaxes the rules and allows them to hire new members of staff, the school will become "inoperable [and] unable to meet department and legislative requirements".
The country's public sector jobs embargo resulted in the loss of around 1,300 middle-management positions at primary schools and secondary schools all over Ireland earlier in the year.
Some 120 primary schools are thought to be waiting for a reply from the state to requests to hire a new employee.
This comes shortly after the Department of Education and Skills revealed that it was using the school year interval as an opportunity to publish more than 200 new inspection reports.