THE special needs issue must be addressed. A lot of parents are concerned that their children's needs (physical and educational) will not be met in schools in September due to the cutback in special needs assistant allocation -- and their fears are well-founded.
A society is judged on how it treats its most vulnerable and I'm afraid that in our schools in September we are facing a crisis.
Our policies of inclusion and fairness and a right to education will be seriously impeded when the special needs children in our schools no longer have adequate resources afforded to them, which is their right under our Constitution.
Everybody loses: the school, the parent, the teacher, the child, society. We are not dealing with banks here, we are dealing with children. Our future.
Navan, Co Meath