Pictures courtesy of Tommy Clancy

ITT teachers protest today over funding and educational concerns

Teachers from Institutes of Technology around the country held a lunchtime protest today November 26th outside their workplaces.

Pictures courtesy of Tommy Clancy
Pictures courtesy of Tommy Clancy

The teachers were aiming to draw attention to a number of issues including:

  •  The chronic underfunding of the Institutes of Technology (35% cut to sector – €190m – between 2008 and 2015)
  •  The critically low staffing levels at a time of a steep and ongoing increase in student numbers and the consequential unacceptable workload imposition on lecturers (21,411 or 32% rise in student numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015 / 535 or 9.5% fall in full-time academic staff numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015)
  •   The precarious employment status, income poverty and associated exploitation of many academic staff and
  •  The resulting, detrimental effect of these issues on the quality of service to students (larger class sizes, less access to laboratories, tutorials, student support etc)

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