Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2012. Tags: Teachers News
Many schools may be forced to re-evaluate their teaching resources
next month, as a large number of educators are set to take early retirement.
Under the terms of the Croke Park agreement, teachers who leave the classroom in February will not be affected by changes to pension rules and will see their income based on their 2009 salary.
The Irish Times noted as many as 1,600 individuals are set to take advantage of this, far more than the 1,100 who were originally expected to apply - with many set to leave their positions next month.
It is feared this could cause significant disruption in the middle of a school year, particularly among students who are studying for their Junior and Leaving Certificate.
While permission has been given for post-primary schools to re-employ retiring teachers taking these lessons, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said he has "no information" on how many are doing this.
The government has stated it is considering a programme of "targeted recruitment" in order to fill the gaps created by the wave of retirements.
Written by Donal Walsh