Teachers voice disapproval of timetable changes by Minister at congress

The Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn says he is "disappointed" with the pace of reform in how religion is taught in primary schools around the country.

Mr Quinn has been addressing the annual congress of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation in Kilkenny, where he said that it is regrettable that there are so few examples of "genuinely inclusive" schools.

The Department of Education is also considering flexible timetabling arrangements for religious education which could mean having religion lessons at the start or the end of the day to enable some pupils opt out of classes, for example.

Teachers in the audience were not happy with the suggestion by the Minister of timetable changes.

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