Friday 28 July 2017

School is right to be sceptical

AT first, a school's rejection of extra classrooms looks crazy, an offer from the Government that it couldn't and shouldn't refuse. Upon closer examination, the decision of the board of Gorey Community School looks like a reasoned response to a number of government failings in education: poor planning and many broken promises, together with a sincere conviction that the biggest school in the country should not be required to grow even bigger. What is needed is not more prefabs or even "permanent classrooms", but another school in the area.

Another school has indeed been promised, for September 2012, and the minister says the expansion plan for the existing school is a temporary measure only.

However, in view of numerous delays in delivering promised improvements to schools throughout the country, people are entitled to be sceptical.

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