That Bertie QUANGO, the Teaching Council, is sure making it difficult for anyone to become a teacher . . . All in the name of protecting the profession (and their own pay, perks and expenses of course).
The link above refers to ONE of the requirements of this "Council" that a QUALIFIED TEACHER requires to be recognised as a qualified teacher by the Teaching Council and thus eligible to teach (in this case) in a secondary school.
As the form states:
The part quoted above has been underlined by myself.In order to satisfy the condition of Post Qualification Employment (PQE), applicants must provide evidence of 300 hours teaching employment in a recognised school that is verified and signed by the school principal. A minimum of two thirds (2⁄3) (200 hours) of the approved employment must be involved in the teaching of a curricular subject to a designated class on the School’s timetable. Up to one third (1⁄3) (100 hours) of the approved employment can be carried out in a learning support, special needs, language support or Guidance Counselling role. A maximum of a three year period is permitted within which a teacher must complete this requirement.
So a QUALIFIED TEACHER who most likely has provided many many hours of unpaid work (teaching and extra curricular) during their school placement as part of their third level teaching course is then assessed and, having passed their examinations, deemed QUALIFIED by the third level institution they attended.
But they're not deemed QUALIFIED by the Teaching Council until they've done 300 hours over a 3 year period. What are newly qualified teachers to do if they cannot find paid work in the current environment?
Now read down through the link:
Point 10 states the following :
Yep - you've guessed it. The Teaching Council has no problem forcing young QUALIFIED teachers into schools for the equivalent of the dole plus 50 quid. . . . And they have an absolute fűcking cheek to state that their policy is to promote the profession of teaching."Teaching service carried out under the terms of Department of Education and Skills Circular 0046/2011on the ‘JobBridge’ - National Internship Scheme, is recognised for the purposes of meeting the requirement of Post Qualification Employment (PQE).
Isn't it no surprise that the Teaching Council never opposed the appalling wage of new teachers (if they find a job) when they themselves are involved in scams like this?
And what happens if the newly qualified teacher does not accumulate 300 hours in three years?
Well they are deemed UNQUALIFIED by the Teaching Council. . . And they must repeat their teaching qualification (that they originally passed) all over again.
.....and all with the support of the teaching unions.