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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Ceisteanna (830)

Paul Murphy


830. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Education the rationale for excluding part-time service from recognition for the purposes of incremental credit for teachers (details supplied); if this can be reviewed in view of the Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001; and her views on whether teachers with relevant part-time work experience should receive pro-rata incremental credit for such experience. [2108/22]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The criteria for the award of Incremental Credit, for previous teaching and relevant non-teaching experience, to recognised Primary teachers is outlined in Circular 0010/2001, and was agreed in the first instance, under the auspices of the Teacher Conciliation Council (TCC).  This Council is comprised of representatives of the teacher unions, school management bodies, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Department of Education chaired by an official of the Workplace Relations Commission. 

In line with the Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001 the circular does not distinguish between part-time teachers and full-time teachers applying for incremental credit. However, as agreed by the partners, the circular provides that part time service does not reckon for incremental credit as the prior service must have been full-time.