Funding seen as crucial

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Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle visited high schools in Southland on Wednesday as part of a nationwide tour.

Mr Boyle spoke to teachers at Gore High School, St Peter’s College and Menzies College.

The purpose of the trip was to find out what concerns high school teachers in Southland had before the PPTA conference in October.

What he learned from the trip would be taken back to the conference in October and he would carry out another nationwide tour after the conference, he said.

This would be to talk to teachers about what was discussed in the conference.

He was enjoying his trip so far, he said.

“It is lovely to be in Southland.”

Personally, Mr Boyle believed there should be more money spent on education.

“We need more funding across the board,” he said.

Schools were having trouble finding teachers because they were overworked and underpaid, he said.

Teachers were having to do a lot more administrative work, Mr Boyle said.

He believed if schools had more money to pay support staff, some of the pressure would be taken off teachers.

“That is one of the proposals, but there is no silver bullet.”

He believed the big issues facing Southland teachers were the same as in the rest of the country, he said.

“The biggest issue is the workload; teachers are having to do a lot of administrative work.”

teachers was also declining.

It was important to have male teachers to be positive models for male pupils, he said.

He believed this was due to the low teacher’s salary.

“Men are traditionally the main money earners in the household. I’m not saying that is the way it should be, but it is the way it has been in the past.”

It was important for teachers from all regions to have their say, Mr Boyle said.

“Our organisation is a democracy.”