Teachers from Institutes of Technology around the country held a lunchtime protest today November 26th outside their workplaces.
The teachers were aiming to draw attention to a number of issues including:
- The chronic underfunding of the Institutes of Technology (35% cut to sector – €190m – between 2008 and 2015)
- The critically low staffing levels at a time of a steep and ongoing increase in student numbers and the consequential unacceptable workload imposition on lecturers (21,411 or 32% rise in student numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015 / 535 or 9.5% fall in full-time academic staff numbers in sector between 2008 and 2015)
- The precarious employment status, income poverty and associated exploitation of many academic staff and
- The resulting, detrimental effect of these issues on the quality of service to students (larger class sizes, less access to laboratories, tutorials, student support etc)