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    Default Huge salaries but no money for heat

    Ireland has the world's fourth highest pay rates for primary school teachers but some of these schools cannot afford basic items such as heating. One school has asked its pupils to wear coats to school as it cannot afford 300 quid to fix a boiler.

    Is there anything that screams banana republic louder than that?

    Cash-strapped school tells children to keep their coats on in class | BreakingNews.ie

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...id-207246.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by eirepol View Post
    Ireland has the world's fourth highest pay rates for primary school teachers but some of these schools cannot afford basic items such as heating. One school has asked its pupils to wear coats to school as it cannot afford 300 quid to fix a boiler.

    Is there anything that screams banana republic louder than that?

    Cash-strapped school tells children to keep their coats on in class | BreakingNews.ie

    OECD: Ireland
    Good comment from Myers in the indo

    And, as we've noted, the next Mellon bright idea is for jobless Irish teachers to be employed in Kenya: surely, one of the wittier outcomes of the Croke Park deal. We make teachers too expensive for Irish use, and then export our unemployment to Kenya. And if our teachers, why not our surplus civil servants, soldiers, police-officers? Rather like the days of the Empire, when surplus sons were packed off to run the Colonies.

    ALL over Ireland we have schools with leaking roofs and stinking toilets. Yet instead of attending to these chronic local needs, thousands of Irish people have been building houses in South Africa. Next, no doubt, house-building in Kenya, which has been independent (39 years) for nearly as long as it was an official crown colony (42 years). However, the appetites of Irish piety are probably too restless to be confined to South Africa and Kenya, or even to neighbouring Uganda, where millions of Irish money have just vanished without trace.

    No matter: we'll just borrow some more, at compound interest. Clearly, no African country is large enough to absorb all our charitable recklessness. We should simply annex the entire continent, from Cairo to the Cape, upon which stage we can then showcase our moral superiority to the world.
    Kevin Myers: We're addicted to house building, but why indulge it in South Africa? - Kevin Myers, Columnists - Independent.ie

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    You couldn't ask for a better example of what's wrong with Ireland - the OP demonstrates where public money is going - not into the services but into the "servers" - oxymoronic as that may be.

    The teachers get to moan and whine about this - on prime time RTE no less, but at the end of the day get to go home to a nice house in a nice car with full job security and very decent take home pay, while the families of the kids in the school are expected to fork out more for maintenance and heating.

    This isn't a PS bashing thread, but hopefully it might get a few more people to realise that we need to get better at managing public expenditure across all fronts.
    The more things change....

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    They're only kids. Let them freeze, get pissed on, whatever. Who gives a damn? So long as the teachers keep backing the I'm alright Jack brigade. I'm sick of it.

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    Is the OP suggesting that the teachers pay to fix the boiler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eirepol View Post
    Ireland has the world's fourth highest pay rates for primary school teachers but some of these schools cannot afford basic items such as heating. One school has asked its pupils to wear coats to school as it cannot afford 300 quid to fix a boiler.
    When it comes to that sort of choice it's clear miss-managament is the cause not shortage of funds.
    Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

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    youve got to love socialised education mismatches consumer wants with its own goals. Maybe the dept want to reintroduce hedge schools by stealth or the Swedish concept of the forest school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disillusioned democrat View Post
    You couldn't ask for a better example of what's wrong with Ireland - the OP demonstrates where public money is going - not into the services but into the "servers" - oxymoronic as that may be..
    Very well put.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aristodemus View Post
    Is the OP suggesting that the teachers pay to fix the boiler?
    78% of the current education budget goes to service pay and pensions.
    Only services can be cut under Croke Park.

    That means the less than one quarter (22%)available to get the chop, keeps
    getting squeezed.

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    We need to put services before salaries. Pay increases keep bringing in votes for the gombeen politicians but at a huge cost. We need politicians who can organize public services in a rational manner.

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