Monaghan Senator welcomes 1 year extension to Teacher Exchange Scheme

It’s been confirmed that the Teacher Exchange Scheme is to be extended.

The Teacher Exchange Scheme allows teachers on permanent contracts to swap schools for a period of time.

Up until this point the teachers could take part in the scheme for a maximum of 5 years.

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says he has been liaising with Minister Halligan and with the Teaching Council to push for an extension of the time limit.

That limit has now been extended to 6 years.

More than 230 teachers are currently taking part in the scheme and Senator Gallagher says while the one year extension is a step in the right direction, he would like to see the time limit phased out completely.