Teachers' €106m supervision pay set to be slashed - Latest News, Education - Independent.ie
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How could the Department be so stupid? When children attend school, the school authorities are in loco parentis.Irish teachers spend more time in classrooms than other European teachers. That is all they are paid for. Most Irish teachers spend more than their 22 hours a week in school correcting, preparing etc (all part of the 30-40 hrs that is done in Europe)
It is not part of their contract to supervise students at break or lunch time. It never was. This is an oversight from the Dept of Education when initially drawing up their contracts. As mentioned above it used to be done voluntarily but this was reversed about ten years ago.
It's unlikely that a teacher would be supervising during break-times on a day when he or she has nine classes on the day (3 before 11 a.m. break, 3 between 11 a.m. break and lunchtime, 3 after lunchtime). The teacher probably supervises at lunchtime when he or she has a time when he or she has a period before or after lunchtime in which he or she does not have class.Just a note to you teacher bashers who may be lining up with your comments! 99.99% of teachers are conscientious hard working people. They work every minute in front of a class..you have to , or they will eat you up. There can be no skiving off to the back shed for a rest or a smoke! --if you do you come back to a disaster in the room..not on any more ! Yard supervision is intense work, if a child is hurt; your neck is on the block for it ...so you better be on the ball. On yard supervision days you get no lunch or a snatched lunch before launching into the afternoon's work. Nobody has it easy these days, not even teachers! So go easy on the bashing!!!
Teachers have periods when they do not have class (other than break-time and lunchtime).
Supervision and substitution are hardly as stressful as teaching itself.