Media Coverage

Irish Independent: Parents prefer branded uniforms to cheaper generic clothes because they last longer, the schools' management president claims. Education Minister Richard Bruton's new guidelines on uniform and book costs were also branded a "fig leaf" to cover up inadequate funding for schools. Read article

Irish Independent: Read John Curtis's (general secretary of the JMB) article. Read article

Irish Examiner: School sports, exam-related field trips, and other off-site activities could be affected by industrial action planned by teachers at hundreds of second-level schools from September. JMB general secretary John Curtis said “We have notified the department that we would like some clarification of what’s intended, so they will have to meet with the ASTI before we can assess the situation fully,”. Read article

Irish Times: John Curtis is general secretary of the Joint Managerial Body, which represents school management in over 400 secondary schools. It believes that the siblings and children of past pupils should be given priority where oversubscription applies.

Irish Independent: The Joint Managerial Body, which represents about 500 voluntary secondary schools, is understood to have recently alerted the Department of Education that schools may now end up scheduling parent-teacher meetings and important staff meetings during school hours. Read article

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