Monday 18 December 2017

Katherine Donnelly: Irish children being put at a disadvantage right from their first day in school

THE week started with positive news for the education system with details of proposed new laws to introduce greater equity into school admission policies and procedures.

They will require all schools to be even-handed in their approach to enrolling pupils and will outlaw discriminatory practices, such as those that exclude a child with a learning difficulty, with a view to a fair start for all.

There are many ways to measure how well an education system serves its pupils. There is nothing fair about today's news that over 121,000 primary pupils are to be squeezed into classes of 30 or more.

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