Alliance education spokesperson, Trevor Lunn MLA, has expressed his disappointment that the Assembly did not support an Alliance proposal for an interim measure to allow students from other teacher training institutions to acquire the Certificate in Religious Education that is only available at St Mary’s College.
Trevor put forward the proposal in an amendment to a UUP motion which called for the law to be changed to remove the exemption from fair employment laws for the appointment of teachers. Alliance supported the motion but put forward an amendment for an interim measure until the law can be changed. The motion was passed.
Trevor Lunn MLA said: “Alliance respects the Catholic education system and understands that there are specific requirements for the training of teachers who will be providing religious education in this setting. There is however a question of equality of access for teachers and ensuring that they are able to apply for all teaching positions. I hope that St Mary’s will work with Stranmillis to ensure that all student teachers have access to this course without having to take part in long distance learning from Glasgow University. (more…)Read More