Originally Posted by Powerhouse
I certainly do not think it is very vague. At best there might be a tenuous argument that a select few might have a case for exemption, but it is hardly vague in its broad message.
It states that it is reinstating allowances only for qualifications additional to those required for teaching which by definition does not include the Professional Diploma in Education as that is required for teaching. Conversely, a Masters in not required - not ever under any circumstances is it a requirement for teaching.
The statement says nothing about the PDE being a requirement in all sectors, and I suspect this has been stated to allow for the knowledge that there are teachers without the PDE and to emphasise that they will not be retrospectively given an allowance. In that sense it is arguable that its inclusion actually clarifies the situation for this group of people.
There is of course no little irony in the fact that someone might get an allowance for a Masters unconnected to their work, yet someone pursuing a PDE will not get an allowance! On the other hand, is it fair to the current PDE class if one person can qualify for an allowance when they might have gone teaching without a qualification originally because they could not make the cut for the PDE in the first instance and went teaching only to pick up experience points for the PDE as is often the case?
I'd tend to agree that the pde isn't an additional qualification to teaching. If someone undertook a pde for the sole purpose of getting an extra allowance then maybe their motifs need to be questioned...
I got the PDE first with the intention to teach , although I would have no doubt taken a job with the VEC with just my degree if I could have...
The sole reason I did the masters was to inform my teaching and maybe help towards security of tenure or, god forbid, promotion opportunities. I'd be a fool to do it for the monetary benefits...
Total cost ( fees\transport\parking etc) was about €11, 500.
+ family stress whilst studying
Masters Allowance worth €500 extra a year (but because im not on full hours or never will be, this works out about €350 per year)
Tax relief is about 800 odd I think..
So going by a very very rough estimation it would take about thirty years to pay off the Masters...(I would have been better off doing another degree/subject BTW)...
Don't get me wrong though , the allowance does incentivise a little and may be the tipping point for alot of people to go for it...I am angry that the government doesn't realise how qualified Irish teachers are in comparison to other countries.. I think that recent report they got done by some Finnish guy acknowledged this.
. For the future, there will be definitely a smaller pool of people entering the profession who might just stick with the bare essentials to get a few part time hours and maybe a CID at best... Death by a thousand cuts to the teaching profession..
So that's my rant, upshot... The allowance for the bare Pgde was a legacy issue dating back yonks so shouldn't be an incentive to enter into the profession...extraneous qualifications/allowances should come under a different system to the PDE..