18 November 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

More representation for parents and teachers in the new structures of vocational education are needed, even if this is at the expense of the representation afforded to local public representatives.
This was one of the views put forward by Co Monaghan Vocational Education Committee on Monday when they received a briefing on the new legislation under which the country’s 33 existing VECs will be replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards, one of which will be based in Co Monaghan and cover the Cavan/Monaghan area.
Fine Gael public representative Aidan Murray expressed the view that the changes to be implemented were not radical enough, and called for community representation on the new bodies to be broadened to include representatives from the business sphere.
Chief Executive Officer Martin G O’Brien told the members that the main objectives of the new Bill related to local delivery and co-ordination of education and training, with the legislation providing for the establishment of new Education and Training Boards. The Bill, which represented a consolidation of the nine existing VEC Acts into one proposed Act, was expected to be passed into legislation in mid-2012.
He said that under the terms of the bill, the new bodies, or ETBs, would consist of 18 members: ten people elected by the local authority; two people, one male and one female, nominated by each national association of parents; two people elected as representatives by members of staff, and four people nominated by bodies specified for this purpose by the Minister.
The Minister could, by order, specify that a class or grade of staff should be ineligible to be an ETB member, for the purpose of maintaining the distinction between reserved and executive functions and avoiding any appearance of a conflict of interest.
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