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School principals will fight return of ‘nightmare’ working conditions

THE National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is seriously concerned that many of the implications of the cuts in education provision outlined in the budget are not readily understood.

It is clear that the proposed increase in the pupil-teacher ratio, the abolition of a number of grant schemes (especially the book grant for needy students), limitations on language support, a reduction in capitation grants for Travellers and programme support will have serious long-term negative implications for our students’ future and for the management of our schools.

However, the removal of substitution cover for uncertified sick leave and for absences on school business will have an immediate and catastrophic affect on the day-to-day operation of schools from January next and is certain to impact negatively on the working conditions of principals and deputy principals. The prospect of a return to the nightmare position of 2001, when principals and deputy principals spent their time supervising students in order to keep schools open, is unacceptable and cannot be allowed happen.

NAPD is concerned to protect the health, welfare and morale of its members and will use every means at its disposal to ensure principals and deputies can get on with their job of leading learning in their schools.

It is hoped that meetings between all the education partners who have a vested interest in safeguarding our children’s future will take place immediately, leading to discussions about how the effects of the proposed cutbacks on the disadvantaged can be minimised and savings made in other areas.

It is essential that all principals and deputy principals voice their opinion to make clear to the Government that the proposals to restrict substitution cover from January onwards will make schools impossible to manage.

Clive Byrne


National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD)

46 Lr Leeson Street

Dublin 2


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