DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., announced the patronage of the four new post-primary schools to be established in 2019. In all cases, the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). These schools were announced in April 2018 to serve a number of locations nationwide under increased demographic pressures. Read press release

The irish Times: Members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), have voted to accept Government proposals to end the controversial two-tier pay system in the education sector. Read article

DES: Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, today launched two important initiatives for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Ireland. The first is DCU’s ‘A World of Opportunities’; a landmark STEM careers guide for parents, teachers and students.   In partnership the Minister launched the fifth annual I Wish showcases, which takes place across four days in Dublin and Cork next February. To mark with the occasion, I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow. Read press release

DES: Science Foundation Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills have today launched a study asking businesses across the country to assess their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) engagement with schools. This is part of a wider plan to identify and improve STEM support for students in Ireland. Read press release

The Irish Times: Bursaries for trainee teachers in subjects where there is an undersupply are being examined as part of a package of measures to tackle a “crisis” in classroom staff shortages. Read article

DES: The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D, has launched a new Masters in Irish-Medium and Gaeltacht Education (M.Ed.) in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. This innovative postgraduate programme for primary and post-primary teachers was announced in order to add to the provision of teachers in the education system who teach through the medium of Irish. This teacher education programme represents another step in the implementation of the Gaeltacht Education Policy 2017-2022 and encompasses part of a greater national plan to tackle issues related to the supply of teachers. Read press release

DES: The Department of Education and Skills launched the inaugural Literacy and Numeracy Forum. Read press release

The Joint Managerial Body acknowledges the announcement of additional resources in Budget 2019 for post-primary schools but is concerned that some fundamental issues with regard to funding and the Pupil -Teacher ratio have not been addressed. Read press release

The Irish Times: A modest increase in school capitation funding and the creation of 1,300 new classroom posts are among the key education measures in Budget 2019. Read article

Independent: Increased funding that will bring the Department of Education budget to a record high of €10.7bn next year drew a mixed response, including criticism of the failure to do more to end austerity-era cuts. Read article

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