Support officers are not needed
Published 10/05/2010 | 08:00
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.