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Support officers are not needed

Published 10/05/2010

Your correspondent (Write Back, April 28) attempts to argue that the Education and Library Boards are fit-for-purpose.

I would challenge him/her to provide one shred of empirical evidence to suggest that the overpaid 'army' of subject support officers have "added value" to educational outcomes.

These advisers - on a salary of around £40,000-per-annum and attracting lucrative travelling expenses - are former teachers who seem to have sought an escape from the challenges of the classroom, for a more comfortable and less-stressful lifestyle.

Due to financial cuts, the number of the advisers has been reduced. I have not heard one word of protest from parents, teachers or teachers' unions.

That speaks volumes.

DH

Belfast

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