Tuesday 6 December 2016

Priorities skewed on children and roads

Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00

Recently on the Six One News, it was announced that €75m would be saved by cutting teacher numbers and increasing class sizes. Then Transport Minister Leo Varadkar announced €60m for the Tralee bypass!

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It shows what our priorities are when it comes to education. Smart economy? Education being the way forward? An educated and well-trained workforce? No. We have, on average, 30-plus children per class with one adult (teacher) and no other help. Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) are soon to be a rare sight.

In these expanding classes sit our children with special needs (be they physical, emotional, or intellectual) who will lose out in this educational system with teachers who will spend more time trying to keep children safe than in teaching them.

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