Equal pay for recently qualified teachers will dominate the ASTI’s Annual Convention in Cork next week.
More than 450 second-level teachers from all over Ireland will attend the conference in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, Cork from April 3rd to 5th.
Since 2011, new entrants to second-level teaching are placed on inferior pay scales. They earn reduced pay throughout their teacher careers amounting to well over €100,000 by the time they reach retirement age.
A number of motions up for debate will call for progress on pay equality for recently qualified teachers and the establishment of a Salary Review Body to ensure teachers’ terms and conditions of employment attract and retain high quality graduates into the profession.
Other topics which will be debated over the three-day annual conference include funding for second-level schools and curriculum development.
ASTI President Ger Curtin will tell delegates attending the conference that second-level schools were cash strapped even before austerity cuts were implemented in schools. Education cuts imposed on schools since 2008 have included an increase in the pupil-teacher ratio, a cut to guidance counselling provision, and a moratorium on middle management posts in schools. These cuts have not yet been fully restored.
Separately, delegates will debate a motion demanding that teachers are involved in all aspects of educational change in second-level schools. The ASTI President will tell delegates that teachers understand what makes for a quality and equitable curriculum and should be consulted at all stages of any education reform process.