West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Education initiative will raise standards- Boyle

Published: 21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle says that the announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that 230 newly qualified teachers are being recruited will not only offer new teachers much-needed experience but will impact on numeracy and literacy levels.
The local MLA said,
"The issue of newly qualified teachers being unable to secure work to secure the necessary experience to enable them to compete in terms of securing longer term teaching contracts is one which I am acutely aware of as a local MLA and as a member of the Assembly's Education Committee.
"This initiative by Minister John O'Dowd will provide this opportunity for newly qualified teachers to secure guaranteed two year contracts while at the same time provide a major new resource to target increasing numeracy and literacy skills within our schools.
"It is important that all children are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and injecting these teachers into targeted areas where children are not reaching the required standard will allow them to rise to the required levels.
"This initiative will help raise academic achievement right across the board and give much needed employment to newly qualified teachers and is to be be warmly welcomed.