Saturday 24 February 2018

John Drennan: Teacher cutbacks to hit just 39 rural schools

John Drennan

John Drennan

A maximum of 39 small rural schools will lose a teacher because of Ruairi Quinn's changes in the primary school pupil-teacher ratio.

The final figures for teacher losses suggest the consequences for rural schools of primary teacher cutbacks will not be as great as had been feared.

The cutbacks, where schools needed 14 rather than 12 pupils to secure a second teacher, provoked major protests in areas such as Donegal, where it was claimed that 100 schools would be closed, and in Roscommon, where similar numbers were cited.

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