Catholic RE certificate “disproportionately affects” women NI teachers

BBC is reporting that a Religious Education (RE) certificate needed to get a job in Catholic schools “disproportionately affects” the job prospects of women teachers.

This is partly because the vast majority of primary school teachers in Northern Ireland are women.

The certificate is necessary to be permanently employed as a teacher in a Catholic nursery or primary school.

The certificate in RE has to meet criteria laid down by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The UNESCO Education Centre’s Dr Matt Milliken said the way the certificate currently operated should change.

He suggested, for instance, that it should not be a prerequisite for employment as a teacher in a Catholic primary but could be something a teacher could study for after being appointed.

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