Me­di­a­tor to ex­am­ine em­ploy­ment stan­dards in lan­guage schools

The Irish Times - - Home News - CARL O’BRIEN

The scope for set­ting new min­i­mum em­ploy­ment stan­dards for teach­ers in the English lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is to ex­plored by a Gov­ern­ment-ap­pointed me­di­a­tor.

The high pro­file col­lapse of the Grafton Col­lege English-lan­guage school has drawn at­ten­tion to the pay and con­di­tions for many work­ing in the sec­tor.

In re­sponse, Min­is­ter of State for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Mary Mitchell O’Con­nor has ap­pointed for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Sec­ondary Teach­ers Ire­land Patrick King to work with stake­hold­ers to ex­plore em­ploy­ment is­sues.

“My key ob­jec­tive is to en­sure Ire­land has an English lan­guage sec­tor that we can all have con­fi­dence in and which pro­vides a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents com­ing to Ire­land to learn English,” she said.

Mr King will meet em­ployer and em­ployee rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies to ex­plore whether there is scope for a set of min­i­mum em­ploy­ment stan­dards that could be agreed for the sec­tor.

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