After the recent blunder with the Teaching Council having to re-issue thousands of election ballot papers because of typographical errors, now comes the news that the vast majority of the teaching profession refused to engage in the election process. The Teaching Council has just released details of the election process which show that none of the constituencies for either primary or post-primary teachers showed a turnout of even a paltry 10%.
The above table shows the turnout for all of the primary constituencies. Kathleen O’ Connor was elected unopposed in the Leinster constituency as no other female candidate was nominated. The highest percentage turnout in the primary sector was for the male panel in Connacht/Ulster where, incidentally, there was a draw after the second count and John Conlon was elected by virtue of his higher number of first preferences on the first count.
However, the dismal turnout must surely be symptomatic of the mood of teachers and reflect the poor regard in which the Teaching Council is held within the teaching profession. This means that the newly elected council will have a difficult task in convincing the teaching profession of the necessity of having the Teaching Council as a regulatory body, despite the proposal to reduce the Registration Renewal Fee from next year. The job of the new council, and indeed the new CEO who has still to be appointed to replace Áine Lawlor, will be to win over an unconvinced teaching profession.
Download the full results of the Teaching Council elections HERE
Was there ever any real need for the council? And it hasn’t proven its worth thus far. And now with the end of the English teaching council as an independent body makes me even question further the value of the council.
Do they need more proof of their complete inability to engage with the teaching body? It is beyond a joke!!!
The Teachers Council are only contactable by phone between 9 and 10 and 2 and 3 each day .To date the dues collected have amounted to 8 million euros.The new appointees give assurances of promoting CPD etc etc .I amm not aware of a single course they have run or initiated.I don’t know where or what is going on only that I wont get paid if I don’t pay membership fee.