Radical shake-up announced for teacher training in Limerick

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

RADICAL plans to overhaul the provision of teacher training in Limerick and in other centres around the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

RADICAL plans to overhaul the provision of teacher training in Limerick and in other centres around the country have been announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

It has been recommended that Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick should form one integrated centre for teacher education, with Limerick Institute of Technology also feeding into this new centre.

However, with regard to Limerick the review panel note in their report that the recommended integration “will require negotiation with regard to the location/relocation of programmes, students and personnel.

“It understands that the campus at MIC has been greatly enhanced and extended over recent years and may be the appropriate location for the new centre for teacher education,” states the report.

The main recommendation by an international panel of education experts is that teacher education be provided in six “centres for teacher education”. Currently there are 19 state funded providers of initial teacher education (and three non-state funded) offering more than 40 college programmes in primary and post-primary teaching.

Minister Quinn has now asked the Higher Education Authority to submit a report before the end of the year, on how to implement the recommendations of the panel.