Statement re PTR Increase in PLC Schools & Colleges
IVEA General Secretary Michael Moriarty issued the following statement today:
There has been some considerable public comment that there has been no increase in the pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in the public school sector in Budget 2013. This is incorrect, as the PTR in those schools or colleges that provide Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses will have an increase of two points in the PTR, from 17:1 to 19:1.
In one particular College of Further Education (CFE), this translates into 5.88 fewer teachers, which amounts to a loss of almost 10% of the total teacher cohort. This example demonstrates the impact of the cuts on the further education sector.