14 November 2017
Responding to news that teachers in Northern Ireland will no longer be able to drive school minibuses on a car driving licence, Robert Wilson, regional officer of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Northern Ireland, said:
“There is no requirement for teachers to transport pupils to and from activities and events. Such acts, of which there are many, are done through the goodwill of the teaching workforce in Northern Ireland, certainly not for reward, and in order to support our young people.
“One of the great strengths of our education system in Northern Ireland is the huge range of extra-curricular activities available to our young people. While our association does, of course, want to ensure the health and safety of everyone, we are gravely concerned with the implications of this decision. With school budgets stretched to the limit, the costs of preparing teachers for the full D1 licence will be prohibitive. The only losers in this will, of course, be our young people.”