Welsh Teachers Face Redundancy
Article published on 7th May 2008
The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has said that up to 300 teachers in Wales may be face redundancy across ninety schools over the next few months.
This is due, so it has been claimed, to limited budgets because of a falling number of students (the Welsh Assembly gives money to schools in a direct correlation to the number of pupils on the schools' books).
NASUWT claims that the worst hit schools will be in Neath Port Talbot where nineteen schools (three secondary schools and sixteen primary schools, which amounts to half the schools in the county) are allegedly considering staff redundancies. In Cardiff, the Welsh capital, it is claimed that another fourteen schools will have to lay off staff, along with another thirteen in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Arguments over pay and job security resulted in around sixteen-and-a-half thousand members of National Union of Teachers (NUT) taking strike action on April 24th, affecting up to nine-hundred schools in Wales, with some cancelling lessons and with others having to close altogether.
The final figures of redundancies may be even greater than anticipated because positions usually open to staff on short terms contracts may also be cut off.
The BBC has quoted the Assembly as saying: "Education authorities are expected to organize their schools as efficiently as possible in order to make the best use of resources available for education, for the benefit of all pupils and this includes addressing the reality of falling pupil numbers and growing numbers of surplus places."
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