Editorial: School policy changes must be applied equally
With the level of cuts to the education system in recent years, it was inevitable that some things would give. There have always been examples of schools that, for one reason or another, did not deliver the stipulated 28 hours a week instruction time to students, but the Department of Education and Skills has now acknowledged that the reduction in resources in recent years has been an added challenge for schools in meeting the standard.
Not only have schools lost teachers, but the cuts have come at a time when enrolments are rising, and will continue to do so for about a decade. Meanwhile, schools are under pressure to offer a wide choice of subjects and the upcoming reform of the Junior Certificate will only add to the range of possible study options.
The planned detailed analysis by the department of the practice in relation to the provision of instruction time across schools of different types and sizes is welcome.