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Poll: Should 'fitness-to-teach' hearings be introduced?

The Government’s drawing up plans to bring in public hearings, whereby teachers could be banned from state employment if serious complaints are upheld.

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TEACHERS WHO AREN’T up to the task will soon face hearings to decide if they’re allowed keep their jobs, The Sunday Times is reporting this morning.

Under plans being drawn up by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, public hearings will be brought in —and where serious complains are upheld, the teacher can be banned from working in any state institution.

Teaching union the TUI have said it would be “extremely unfair” if teachers were brought before public hearings, except in cases of serious misconduct.

What do you think?

Poll Results:

Only misconduct cases should go to a hearing, not less serious ones. (1335)
The whole idea seems unfair. (1047)
I don't know. (455)
I agree with the idea --- it would improve transparency. (453)

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