Cuts to guidance counsellors top of agenda at ASTI conference11/04/2012 - 21:45:49
Cuts to guidance counsellors was top of the agenda at the ASTI conference today.
Union members also heard they may be balloted on withdrawing from the Croke Park agreement - if teachers allowances are cut.
General Secretary Pat King told around 450 delegates in Cork - that allowances should not be touched.
Mai Kerins is a guidance such counsellor at Ashton school in Blackrock in Cork - she said that students need their services for advice on what to do after second level:
"…I think the role of guidance counsellors to give them the confidence that there is money there, go away and get a student grant, to encourage them to go on", she said.
"…the more educated you are, the better educated you are, the better chance you have as an individual of getting a job".
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