Friday 2 December 2016

Report reheats the political hot potato of small schools for the Government

John Walshe

Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30

'Girls, in particular, suffer in multi-grade classes which are the norm in one and two-teacher schools'
'Girls, in particular, suffer in multi-grade classes which are the norm in one and two-teacher schools'

Just when Enda Kenny thought small schools were off the political agenda, along comes a report which raises serious questions about the emotional well-being of pupils in these schools.

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Last week's 'Mayo News' had a front page story headed 'Taoiseach saves Mayo schools' which reported that he had given the thumbs down to a Government report recommending amalgamation of 32 small schools in the county.

It added that small rural schools in the county's western seaboard would have been the biggest losers, with nine proposed mergers in Erris and nine in Achill - schools that are all in the Taoiseach's political heartland.

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