The Casualisation of Teaching
Teaching used to be considered one of the more reliable career choices a young person could make when deciding their professional future...today, however, the picture is very different.
Many secondary level teachers are struggling to secure full-time positions and are surviving on a string of temporary jobs.
The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland estimates that 35 per-cent of their members are on some form of temporary or part-time contract and that over half of teachers under 30 years of age are in non-permanent positions.
So are we seeing a casualisation of teaching here in Ireland and what is it like trying to build a career as a graduate teacher today? Joining Keelin this morning was Keith Howley, Maths and Biology Teacher at Pobalscoil Neasáin school in Baldoyle and on the line was Pat King, General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland.
Read More: Is teaching profession being casualised? Kevin McCarthy, The Irish Times, 20th May 2015
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Read More: The increasingly precarious life of an academic, Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12th May 2015