Saturday 20 January 2018

Our most vulnerable will suffer if class sizes are to grow

CUTS in education spending are more usually cruel and squalid. It is often not so much about a choice between the less cruel and squalid cuts than about a game of 'pick the one we'll get away with'. Today, our education editor brings us news of looming increases in the number of pupils in primary classes. This is a big taboo in a country that has long placed great emphasis on quality education for economic and cultural reasons.

 

This follows a dramatic but very welcome U-turn by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn last Monday on planned cuts in special needs help in classrooms. That policy reversal followed uproar at this cavalier act involving the most vulnerable in our society.

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