Mediator to examine employment standards in language schools
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.