Serious shortage of substitute teachers in North Wicklow

Recent reports have indicated that there is a shortage of substitute teachers in primary schools in North Wicklow.

Labour Dáil candidate, Jack O’Connor, has expressed concern about the shortage.

“This issue has been raised with me on several occasions during my visits to various areas in North Wicklow. Parents and teachers have been talking to me about the difficulties that arose last year when substitute teachers could not be found to fill in for teachers who were absent due to illness.”

He also said, “This situation cannot be allowed to continue during the current school year and the Minister for Education must find a solution to resolve the shortage.”

“I have raised this matter with the Minister for Education & Skills by way of a Parliamentary Question and letter from my colleague Brendan Howlin TD. I have requested the Minister to establish a panel of substitute teachers for North Wicklow which will help to address and alleviate the concerns raised by both parents and teachers alike”, he concluded.

Teachers unions warned last February that the shortage of substitute teachers all over the country would cause serious problems in the education system.

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