Why does the Minister think that Ireland is unique? If anything, with the added pressure on Irish teachers to teach all the subjects including Irish, surely the standard 3 year teacher preparation course isn't adequate.
In the UK, a teacher is required to have a four year B.Ed. degree. The same in the US. Australia has instituted the requirement of a four year degree as well.
Why is the minister so stubborn on this issue? She says that if she moved to a four year B.Ed. then there would be a gap left and there would be a lack of teachers the first year it was instituted.
Visit www.educationposts.ie and tell me how many primary jobs you see in the whole of Ireland? There are 29 today and most of them are temporary or maternity leave! Where does she think the high demand for teachers is coming from. The INTO has been pushing for a four year programme for at least five years and it's time the Minister listens to them.
She's done a disservice to teachers by trying to focus on incoming teachers being inadequately trained instead of focussing on class size. Fair play to John Carr for being so polite to her on Prime Time last night.
In addition, because of the nepotism rife in the area of teacher hiring in Ireland, many teachers are given permanent jobs right out of teacher training college when they haven't even done their probationary year. This means that if they fail the probationary year, they still have a permanent job. This makes a mockery of the whole field of employment law and employing the best person for the job. What ends up happening is teachers get jobs based on who they know.
See here: http://www.educationposts.ie/forum/view ... hp?id=3058
http://www.educationposts.ie/forum/view ... hp?id=2330
http://www.educationposts.ie/forum/view ... hp?id=3044
Again, the minister sticks her head in the sand and says it's not her place to tell the BOMs and the principals who to hire. Another weasel out of responsibility.