Northern Eire’s prime training official has accused lecturers of harming kids’s training by taking industrial motion.
In a strongly worded letter to all lecturers, Gavin Boyd additionally stated they obtained higher pay than their counterparts in England and Wales.
Instructing unions are refusing to co-operate with college inspections in a dispute over pay and workload.
Some are additionally taking occasional strike action.
The Nationwide Affiliation of Schoolmasters and Girls Academics (NASUWT) has reacted angrily to Mr Boyd’s letter, accusing him of “faux information”.
Mr Boyd is chief executive of the Education Authority and represents the educating employers in negotiations over the present pay dispute.
He wrote that the economic motion was “critically affecting the training of youngsters and younger individuals” and “the efficient operation of colleges”.
He additionally stated lecturers had been “confused by misinformation” on a lot of points.
“The typical instructor’s pay in Northern Eire is simply over £40,000 every year,” he added.
“This compares very favourably with different graduate professions domestically and is definitely increased than the common instructor’s pay in England and Wales.”
He stated that educating unions had rejected an general provide of two.5% on pay in 2015/16.
“There have been no reductions in instructor’s pay,” he stated.
Mr Boyd conceded that nationwide insurance coverage and pension contributions had risen, however stated these have been “a part of a wider authorities technique to make sure public sector pensions stay inexpensive and sustainable”.
“Public sector pensions stay engaging and usually provide a lot better phrases than these out there within the personal sector.”
Nevertheless, the NASUWT’s common secretary Chris Keates stated his letter would infuriate lecturers.
“Academics is not going to be persuaded or intimidated by the faux information offered within the letter,” she stated.
“The worth of lecturers’ pay has fallen by round 20% since 2010.
“The employers ought to begin to dedicate extra of their time to addressing the real issues of lecturers moderately than peddling misinformation.”
In a associated growth, the Irish Nationwide Academics’ Organisation (INTO) has accused the Division of Schooling of “makes an attempt at bullying” by writing to a Catholic archbishop concerning the ongoing industrial motion.
In a letter to members, INTO stated that the Division of Schooling’s everlasting secretary Derek Baker had written to Archbishop Eamon Martin.
They stated Mr Baker had requested that Archbishop Martin be sure that college governors co-operate with college inspections.
“Makes an attempt at bullying, akin to this, ought to be rejected as an unsubtle try to convey the motion to an finish,” they wrote.
Nevertheless, in a press release to the BBC, the Division of Schooling responded by describing the declare as “utter nonsense”.
“The letter focuses completely on the statutory obligation positioned on governors in respect of safeguarding and selling the welfare of pupils and seeks their cooperation with the ETI particularly in respect of kid safety and safeguarding,” they stated.
“The suggestion that the division’s letter quantities to bullying is utter nonsense”.