Wexford principal criticises Teaching Council
Published 22/12/2015 | 00:00
a WEXFORD school principal has criticised the Teaching Council for 'operating in a parallel universe'.
Liam Turner, from St John of God Primary School in the Faythe was reacting to the disclosure that teachers paid millions of euros in registration fees to the Teaching Council between 2008 and 2013, although the annual fee only became compulsory at the start of last year.
A survey has found that about 57 per cent of the country's 80,798 teachers paid the €95 annual registration before they were legally obliged to do so.
'I paid the fee eventually, not at the time,' said Mr Turner, 'my father, who is 85, asked me yesterday whether I will you get the money back for this, but I don't know what they are at at all and they don't either.. they seem to be working in a parallel universe, no one knows what the Teaching Council are at, they haven't a clue what's going on,' he said.
Mr Turner said the only reason many teachers joined the Teaching Council was that they feared they wouldn't get paid if they didn't.