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Irish Times: The Joint Managerial Body (JMB), which represents 400 voluntary secondary schools, including the State’s 50 fee-paying ones, has called for the reversal of cuts in recent budgets targeting private educators. General secretary Ferdia Kelly said: “The notion that this was done to shift money to Deis schools and others is nonsense; instead it is costing the State because schools are being forced to move into the free education system.” Read article

Irish Independent: Dr. Harold Hislop rejected suggestions that a switch from an independent State-run exam could lead to a system that was unfair or lacking in objectivity...The Chief Inspector was addressing the annual education conference of the Joint Managerial Body (JMB), which represents management in about 66pc of second-level schools. The conference was also addressed by Norman Emerson, recently appointed as the first Director of Assessment with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Read article

Irish Independent: The second-level school managers' representative organisations, the Joint Managerial Body (JMB), and the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS) recently presented proposals to the department for new management structures.Officials agree about the negative effects of the moratorium on filling these positions, and said that the "degree of loss of the posts in many second-level schools has had a significant impact on the leadership of those schools".

Irish Times: Parents have been told to use their power to persuade schools not to restrict the sale of uniforms to just one shop after the Competition Authority forced a manufacturer to supply a second retailer with one school’s uniform....The Joint Managerial Body said schools reviewed their uniform policies during the last school year, in line with the department circular with the view to ensuring best value possible for parents. Read article

Irish Examiner: JMB welcomed the principle of the recommendations proposed by the NCSE but said schools must be assured of appropriate levels of support teachers, special needs assistants and management support to implement the proposals. Read article

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