UP TO 15 full-time teaching posts will be lost in secondary schools in Kilkenny from next September, as a result of the change to guidance provision introduced in the last budget, according to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI).
At present, schools have an additional entitlement to guidance provision based on the number of students in each school. Under the new system, guidance services will have to be sustained from the general teaching provision to schools.
The TUI says this will ultimately result in job losses, up to 15 of which can be expected in the Kilkenny area. The union is now calling for some measure of alleviation for the worst-affected schools.
“These cuts will leave school principals with some harsh choices – they will have to choose between cutting back guidance provision, limiting subject choice, increasing class sizes or a combination of such measures,” said TUI area representative Michael Gillespie.
“This latest cut to an education system already ravaged by a litany of cuts will result in significant further damage to the interests of students.”
The TUI says that the mortatorium on public sector recrutiment means that guidance counsellors are already struggling to provide the support and help needed by at-risk students.
With teacher numbers are being cut, principals will have to look at how best to serve all students with the reduced teaching provision available. For some schools, this will mean a reduction in the subject choices offered to students.