Daniel McCrossan: teaching staff must be treated with respect

SDLP Release:

SDLP Education Spokesperson, Daniel McCrossan MLA has expressed a deep appreciation for staff in our schools for working tirelessly to get children back safely.

The West Tyrone MLA has said it was very regrettable that staff in our schools were being taken for granted by the Department of Education.

Daniel McCrossan: teaching staff must be treated with respectMr McCrossan commented:
“As SDLP Education Spokesperson, I want to pay tribute to the incredible staff in our schools, teaching and non-teaching, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the safe return of our children. They have gone above and beyond, in the most challenging of circumstances, to bring our children back to school in a safe way. They deserve our immense appreciation and gratitude.”

“However, it is highly regrettable that these staff were left to their own devices, with limited, delayed and often unclear guidance from the Department of Education. The Department and the Education Authority must stop taking teaching and non-teaching staff for granted. They do one of the most critical jobs in society and they must be properly supported.”

“I urge the Minister to learn the lessons of the last number of months and work in meaningful partnership with our school staff, for the benefit of all our children.”