Ahead of the General Election on 23 September, the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union is urging the Isle of Man electorate to vote for education.
The Union has launched a campaign calling for candidates to publically commit to investment in an education system which will support all children and young people in the Isle of Man to achieve their best.
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The General Election will be a key defining moment for public services and the education system in the Isle of Man.
“This election is an opportunity to address the legacy of the last decade which has seen the value of teachers’ pay and pensions cut, whilst teacher morale has been undermined as a result of spiralling workload pressures.
“Teachers have given their all, they have met the challenge of ensuring continuity of learning and support for pupils during the pandemic, and it is now time for politicians to demonstrate their support for the teaching profession.
“Investing in the teaching profession is vital to education recovery and ensuring that current and future cohorts of teachers are not forced off the island to seek work elsewhere.
“But politicians must also keep their promises too. The failure to deliver the promised Education Act has further damaged teacher morale and failed to deliver on vitally needed reforms relating to pupil behaviour, the curriculum and support for pupils with additional needs.
“We are urging voters to use the opportunity of this election to send a strong message to politicians that they need to take action to invest in teachers and provide children and young people with the education system they deserve.”
The NASUWT has created a Vote for Education leaflet which can be found below. This has been disseminated to members who are being urged to share it with family and friends and use its contents to question election candidates.