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Primary schools continue to account for the largest share of the new enrolments, at 4,766. Photo: Stock image

Primary schools continue to account for the largest share of the new enrolments, at 4,766. Photo: Stock image

Primary schools continue to account for the largest share of the new enrolments, at 4,766. Photo: Stock image

The number of Ukrainian pupils enrolled in Irish schools has reached almost 7,000.

The latest figure of 6,797 is up from 5,843 in mid-May and represents a 0.7pc increase on primary and post-primary pupil registrations recorded last September.

Primary schools continue to account for the largest share of the new enrolments, at 4,766, or 70pc of the total.

By comparison, there were 2,031 Ukrainian refugees registered in post-primary schools as they closed for summer holidays, according to a Department of Education count based on school returns last Friday, June 3.

Relative to the size of their populations, Clare and Kerry continue to have the highest number of Ukrainian pupils in their schools, at 514 and 618 respectively. Dublin schools have enrolled 1,192 pupils, while Co Monaghan has the fewest, at 21.

Generally, it is schools along the west, south-west, south and southeast coasts that have the largest concentrations of pupils because of the availability of hotel accommodation in what are very popular tourist counties to accommodate families.

The Department of Education has also been working with other departments and agencies to place children in areas where schools have spare capacity, many of them in western counties.

Regional education and language teams, known as (REALT), which operate under the umbrella of the 16 regional education and training boards (ETBs), continue to play a key role in helping families to secure school places and in supporting schools to meet the needs of children who have fled their homeland because of the Russian invasion in February.

Meanwhile, young Ukrainians arriving in Ireland can now benefit from free artistic supports and creative activities across the country.

The Creative Ireland programme is facilitating their full participation in a variety of ways, including through the Cruinniú na nÓg programme of activities on June 11.

Cruinniú na nÓg, which involves local authority partners, is Ireland’s annual national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18.


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