A Mayo Senator says the situation facing teaching principals is getting worse and may result in posts being vacated, if nothing is done to alleviate the administrative burden on them.
Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says many small schools in rural areas rely on principals teaching at the same time and in many cases they teach several different classes in the one setting.
She said added to this, they have to function as principal of the school, with all the daily unexpected challenges that brings. Senator Conway-Walsh says they must then fulfil administrative duties, which involved regular contact with the Department of Education and a host of other statutory and voluntary bodies.
She says principals are currently only given 15 administration days a year to do all this and have asked for one day per week.