Class Sizes Must be Protected – Donnelly

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly is calling on Minister Ruairi Quinn put a stop to proposals that will see children’s class sizes increased from 28 to 30 in the forthcoming budget.

 

Mr Donnelly said

“I have worked in the education system for the past 12 years, I witness the effects of the cuts to our education system on our students. It is clear that large class sizes can have a negative impact on outcomes for children at school. Not only this, but larger class sizes may mean increased pressure for many teachers and job losses for others.

“Schools in Dublin West have been hit again and again with cuts to teacher numbers, Special needs assistants and English language teachers along with annual budget cuts to the School Completion Programme that caters for the most disadvantaged students in our school system. Our children are suffering and parents in our community will not tolerate any further cuts. Children who will suffer the most are those who are disadvantaged the most.

“Those students who are struggling in primary school are the most likely to drop out later on in post primary. They are also most likely to be the most disadvantaged when it comes to getting work. This decision, if carried out, will impact on many of our children for the rest of their lives.

“Children have been hit again and again by the austerity budgets, they should not be forced to carry the cost of fixing the mistakes of others, particularly at the expense of their education when there are other budgetary options out there.

 

“Sinn Féin is calling on the minister to protect frontline services in education and ensure that class sizes are not increased as a result of the budget.”

 

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