View Irish language version of this page JOIN US STAND UP DONATE


GEMMA BROLLY: Independent Enquiry necessary to address ongoing concerns regarding the GTCNI

Aontú Rep for East Derry and Education Spokesperson Gemma Brolly has called for the registration of newly qualified teachers, to commence as a matter of urgency. She further highlighted the need to address the many urgent issues in Education instead of finger pointing and shifting blame and responsibility.
 
The General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland (GTCNI) is a statutory, self-regulated body dedicated to enhancing the status of teaching and promoting the highest standards of teacher conduct. All teachers must register with GTCNI, including those wishing to make themselves available on the official register for substitute teaching (NISTR.)
 
Rep Brolly:"After a stressful year of dealing with staff absences due to Covid and the challenges in finding substitute teachers, I am astounded to learn that many of our newly qualified teachers who have made applications to the GTCNI have not been registered."
 
"With Unions bringing this to attention of the Minister back in June, the Minister of Education's statement that she has now instructed GTCNI to fix this urgently is simply not good enough."
 
"For years now, report after report has highlighted the areas that require urgent attention. Only a few days ago, I spoke about the inadequate funding for school uniforms. This issue was raised in the children's commissioner report almost FOUR years ago."
 
"Can we please get to work on these most urgent issues, beginning with registering the teachers who are ready and willing to jump in, roll their sleeves up and get to work."
 
"The Department of Education is also aware the efficiency and purpose of the GTCNI has been questioned now for quite some time. There is NO more time to lose. Aontú calls for an independent enquiry into the purpose and efficiency of the GTCNI immediately, in order to provide teachers with confirmation of what exactly they are paying for."
By Aontú Press | 25 August, 2021



Related Posts


The Irish political system is radically broken



In Ireland the vast majority of elected representatives put a finger in the air to check which way the political wind is blowing. They have one eye on their leaders – seeking brownie points – and another eye keeping their seat safe. If elected reps shut up and do as they’re told, they are promoted; if they stand up for what they believe in, they are demoted. No wonder we have the political class we have. No wonder a half a billion euro is being buried in a hole under the National Children’s Hospital and that Stormont is in stalemate.



Throughout Ireland, many people are now afraid to say what they feel, many are afraid to respectfully engage on a range of different topics. Many feel there is a new censorship and a new political correctness in Ireland, that opposition to the establishment is being deleted.



Respectful opposition is not the enemy. Respectful opposition is a critical element of a functional democracy. Aontú will have the backbone to stand up, without fear, for you.




STAND UP