'Red tape hindering teachers' development'

A row has broken out between the Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin and teaching unions.

It follows comments Minister Howlin made about getting rid of poor performers in the public sector.

He said an evaluation of performance is needed among public sector workers and where there is no performance, there needs to be consequences.

Secondary School Teacher of the Year, Evelyn O'Connor, has said red tape across the sector can be blamed for the lack of new skill sets among teachers.

Ms O'Connor said: "I have been asked to do a couple of in-services for teachers in different education centres and a lot of them are saying 'we would love to know more about this' and 'how do we find out more?' and 'where do we get these skills?', there is just a frustration.

"Instead of using our time constructively to become better at what we do, we have to sit in rooms and fill in forms."

More in this Section

Sons of billionaire businessman Jim Mansfield to go on trial on ammunition charges

Immigrant Council monitoring racist incidents here after UK sees post-Brexit spike

Simon Coveney 'not happy' about Greyhound's opt-out pay-by-weight rule

Missing woman Karen Scott found safe and well


You might also like

Today's Stories

Sex abuse images of babies online

Kinsale man’s medal for epic Antarctic journey set to make €24k at auction

Residents of Cork housing estate ‘living in fear and terror’

Calls to sanction Cork-US flights in wake of Brexit result

Lifestyle

The best beer gardens to enjoy your cold pint on a warm summer's day

Sarah Crossan is gaining huge recognition for conjoined twin story

When three worlds collide: Family Guy, Futurama and King of the Hill join forces for new game

Alexander Skarsgard feels at home swinging through the trees in new Tarzan movie

More From The Irish Examiner