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New bill to ensure teachers are qualified

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/01/2012. New bill to ensure teachers are qualifiedTags: Teachers News

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has published the Education (Amendment) Bill 2012, which includes a number of important changes to the Education Act 1998 and the Teaching Council Act 2001.

Central to these are a number of measures that will make certain all educators are qualified and registered with the Teaching Council.

Mr Quinn stated it is his aim to ensure all individuals working in the education system in Ireland are certified by this body.

He said the act will enable the implementation of Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act 2001, which ensures only people registered with the Teaching Council will have a right to access paid employment as teachers in our schools.

"I would strongly encourage any person employed as a teacher and who does not hold current registration with the Teaching Council to apply for registration without delay," Mr Quinn added.

The new bill details several arrangements that will see the use of unregistered educators restricted to "exceptional and limited circumstances", the Department for Education noted.

Recently, figures obtained by the Irish Examiner revealed up to 1,500 people without relevant qualifications have taught in the country's schools since September.

Written by Donal Walsh


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