Contracts probe at teachers’ association
The Department of Education is investigating allegations made about the awarding of contracts by the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).
The department confirmed to the Belfast Telegraph on Friday that an investigation is under way.
When contacted by the Telegraph, the council issued a strongly worded statement in response in which it said that any allegations of malpractice are “totally without foundation”.
The council is the independent professional body for teachers in Northern Ireland.
It aims to enhance the status of teaching and promote high standards of professional conduct and practice.
Any teacher wishing to teach in a grant-aided school in Northern Ireland must be registered with the council.
As of March 2009, 27,776 teachers were registered with the council in Northern Ireland.
The council has a membership of 33, the majority of whom are teachers.
Four of the members are appointed by the Department of Education.