Online opinion

27th January 2012 at 00:00
Readers respond to articles on the TESS website

How could such extreme suffering pass unnoticed? (20 January)

- What about when teachers pass on concerns repeatedly but the social work department can't prove it or do anything? This is yet another thing my profession is being blamed for and I am sick of it.


Supply numbers dwindle after `sell out' deal (6 January)

- Who else around the (SNCT) table realised at the time that there were no plans put in place (for local authorities) to "evaluate" savings? And without those statistics, how can any of this mess be salvaged? How can you build any case if you don't have the information or it has conveniently not been thought through?


- Re non-contact time: as a secondary supply teacher, I find it very useful for various reasons, notably familiarising myself with work scheduled for upcoming classes and following up on issues from earlier classes. There is also a health and safety issue if a new employee is not afforded time to get familiar with a building. By law, new employees are meant to receive an Hamp;S induction. So I would not compromise on non- contact time.


- Let's keep this simple. If you are a teacher, you have a right to be paid at the same rate as other teachers. It is time to put this unfair act right and "revisit" the agreement and restore all teachers' salaries to a common scale. Nothing can justify a two-tier teaching profession.

Ian McCrone

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