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Price of education cutbacks: Schools to lose 730 teachers say principals

CUTBACKS mean that 470 primary schools are to lose 730 teachers in the next three years, the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPNN) said today.

School leaders are deeply dismayed at both the range and severity of proposed cuts to primary education, the organisation said.

It added that the Government appears to be deliberately squeezing small schools out of existence and at the same time removing hundreds of teachers from schools in Disadvantaged Areas.

Following a survey conducted over recent days, the IPPN says that 470 schools are due to lose 730 teachers over the next three years.

International research proves there are other ways of addressing small schools without forcing school closures, it said. Canada, Australia, Finland have rationalized the administration and management of small schools in remote areas, without withdrawing schools from their communities.