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Quinn: Moratorium on promotional posts in schools will not be lifted

The moratorium on filling promotional posts in schools will not be lifted, the Minister fro Education has insisted.

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn.
Education Minister Ruairí Quinn.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THE EDUCATION MINISTER Ruairí Quinn has insisted that the moratorium on filling promotional posts in schools will not be lifted, during his address to the Teachers Union of Ireland conference in Kerry earlier today.

The TUI has said that the moratorium has led to fewer special needs assistants and assistant principles being employed and that, as a result, problems such as bullying and absenteeism are on the rise. The union said that such problems were hard to detect in the early stages and could lead to more serious issues developing as children progressed through the educational system.

TUI President Bernie Ruane described the removal of posts of responsibility as a “retrograde” step, RTÉ reports.

However the Minister remained firm on the topic, the Irish Examiner reports, and said: “I’ve every faith that, working together, and bringing in the reform that the system needs, that we can manage more with less”.

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