Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (14)

Bernard Durkan


14. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that his plans to ensure the retention of an adequate number of teachers in primary and second level schools are sufficient to address the issues as outlined by the teacher unions; if he continues to have discussions in that regard with stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4888/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí ó Béal (2 píosaí cainte) (Ceist ar Education)

We are recruiting teachers at a faster rate than ever in the history of the State. A stable number of graduates are coming out of the colleges. We have a steady level of supply. However, there are issues that need to be addressed such as substitution and subject areas. I think the Deputy was present when I outlined the initiatives we were taking to address these issues. I am establishing a teacher supply steering group to develop a strategy to meet these pressures.

The Minister might comment on the INTO's submission in its efforts to assist in that context.