Pressures in the classrooms
THE cold hand of recession has reached into the classroom, and not only in the form of increased class sizes and pay cuts. A survey has revealed that financial pressures, increased family conflict, unemployment and all the other unpleasant effects of recession are raising pupils' already high stress levels, causing various disorders and, most worrying, suicidal thoughts.
Studies have shown that although school is just one part of a young person's day-to-day experience, it is all-important in terms of his or her current quality of life and future development.
For a pupil already contemplating the gruelling test of the Leaving Cert and competing for a place at third level, additional concerns about future employment must plunge many into the depths of despair.