Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Deputy Thomas Byrne has today said that Minister Bruton’s decision to ignore the teacher shortage crisis for so long has now come home to roost for the Government.

It has emerged that the State Examinations Commission is now scrambling to find exam supervisors in key subjects including examiners who can correct through Irish and superintendents across the Dublin region. Even though the closing date for applications for the positions was in December, it is clear now there are not enough examiners to conduct the State examinations.

It is also clear that quite a number of students taking the new politics leaving certificate examination will have to take three examinations on the same day due to a timetable error in the SEC. Deputy Byrne is urging that these children be facilitated by a change to the timetable as he says, “nobody believes that any Leaving or Junior Certificate Student must take three exams on one day”.

“We have asked Minister Bruton time and time again to recognise the teacher shortage crisis. Minister Bruton’s stock response for a considerable period of time was to ignore and deny the problem and the chickens are now coming to home to roost.

“The Minister must now set out a plan to ensure that state examinations take place without any disruption and without putting additional burden on our youth studying for their junior and leaving certificate. He must take up the Fianna Fáil proposals on teacher supply and the teacher shortage and implement them as a matter of urgency,” concluded Deputy Byrne.