Rogers expresses concern over ‘naming and shaming’ of teachers

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Friday, July 27th, 2012
SDLP Education spokesperson Sean Rogers has expressed concerns over the Education Minister’s announcement that teachers are to face public disciplinary hearings. Mr Rogers, a former school principal, said: “I have some concerns over the naming and shaming of teachers as this could lead to the public humiliation of innocent, hardworking and honest professionals. Nevertheless, I welcome that the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland (GTCNI) is to become a fully functional supportive regulatory body, if it will provide our young people with the best possible start in life.” He continued, “Dealing with incompetency in the classroom is a complex process; first and foremost this needs to be addressed within the school situation. School leaders would welcome the GTCNI creating a support mechanism and providing high quality staff development. This may come in many forms including one to one support and observing good practice, but this all comes at a price which cannot be met out of current overstretched school budgets.” “Unfortunately it is also true that despite the best staff development, some people will never become good teachers and for them there needs to be an exit strategy rather than public naming and shaming. The present system is too cumbersome and takes years – years that are crucial in the educational development of our young people.” “I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss these proposals at Stormont’s Education Committee and on the floor of the Assembly,” Rogers added.
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