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IrelandEducation Minister Joe McHugh meets with Irish teachers in UAE to see what would encourage them to return home

08:35  13 june  2019
08:35  13 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Education Minister Joe McHugh has heard first hand from Irish teachers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) about what would help sway them to return home.

The minister is on a fact-finding visit to the UAE, and he attended the first of two planned “town hall” meetings with Irish teachers in Abu Dhabi today (Wednesday).

Mr McHugh wants to gain a better understanding of issues for Irish teachers if and when they consider coming home and the second meeting is taking place in Dubai tomorrow.

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Joe McHugh to meet hundreds of Irish teachers here in bid to smooth the path for them to return . Ireland’s minister for education said he was not here to recruit the thousands of Irish teachers He said the impact and sacrifice made by Irish teachers in the UAE had often gone unrecognised.

Next month Minister for Education Joe McHugh will travel to the United Arab Emirates . He wants to meet Irish teachers working in the region, in order to understand, he says, what needs to be done to encourage them to come home .

There are about 2,000 Irish teachers in the UAE and many more in other Gulf states such as Oman and Qatar.

About 1,000 of them responded to an online survey conducted ahead of the minister’s visit and cited salary, pay inequality, housing and lack of permanent positions as their main reasons for leaving Ireland.

Education Minister Joe McHugh meets with Irish teachers in UAE to see what would encourage them to return home Education Minister Joe McHugh at a meeting with teachers in Abu Dhabi .

More than half of them plan on returning home, but 10pc are not and many more are undecided, the survey found.

Some 76pc said they moved to the Gulf for financial opportunities, 40pc cited lifestyle change, 35pc cited unemployment or underemployment in Ireland and 30pc said it was for career development.

While 25pc have lived in the Gulf for between three and five years, 59pc have been there for less than three years.

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Irish Education Minister plans June visit to the UAE to talk to teachers as country deals with staff shortage. Mr McHugh , a former teacher who worked in the UAE , believes many Irish teachers are open to the idea of returning and has planned the trip to identify what was stopping them .

Minister for Education Joe McHugh has pledged to tackle barriers preventing emigrant teachers returning home but has warned he does not have Mr McHugh , a former teacher who spent a year teaching in the UAE in the mid-1990s, said the visit also aimed to pay tribute to the contribution of

More than 65pc of those who responded were female and more than 75pc were aged 25 to 34 .

And for the overwhelming majority there was no qualifications barrier to working in Ireland, with 80pc registered with or eligible to be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Education Minister Joe McHugh meets with Irish teachers in UAE to see what would encourage them to return home Education Minister Joe McHugh at a meeting with teachers in Abu Dhabi .

Some 56pc were teaching primary level and just under 33pc are post primary teachers, with 27pc on a career break from Ireland.

A huge majority, 86pc, said that the quality of life is better in the Gulf than in Ireland while almost all of them, 93pc, said they would recommend a career as a teacher in the Gulf to others

Mr McHugh said the trip was part of a learning process.

“We are not in the UAE to recruit teachers or convince anyone to come home. It is about trying to see what practical measures can be taken for teachers who have made a decision to return home and whether that journey can be made easier for them.”

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Ireland’s Minister of Education and Skills Joe McHugh begins his two-day visit to the UAE today with a focus on meeting some of the estimated 2,000 Irish At home , there is a shortage of teachers , but McHugh emphasises that his visit is "not about enticing or convincing teachers to return home I am

Education Minister Joe McHugh meets with Irish teachers in UAE to see what would encourage them to return home Education Minister Joe McHugh at a meeting with teachers in Abu Dhabi .

During the visit, he is also meeting the UAE Minister for Education, Hussein Al Hamadi to discuss links between the Irish and UAE education systems and methods of deepening relations.

Mr McHugh said many issues were discussed at the Abu Dhabi meeting, including pay, rules on career breaks, the cost of living in Dublin and recognition of experience.

Challenged on Twitter about pay inequality, he said since his appointment “I’ve said that pay inequality is unfinished business. I stand by that."

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