MARY Coughlan's blase statement at the Fianna Fáil Education Policy launch that 'primary teachers lack the requisite skills' needs to be challenged.
The 30th Dail, in which Education Minister Coughlan served, resulted in the increase of class size to the second largest in Europe, despite the massive crisis in newly qualified teacher unemployment.
It also saw the removal of grants to children with special educational needs and cutting of language supports to non- English speaking children.
It is, unfortunately, typical of Mary Coughlan and Fianna Fail to blame everyone from hard-working primary teachers to Lehman Bros bank for 14 years of mismanagement.
It's a pity that they themselves didn't have the 'requisite skills' to govern.
Cork City North Branch,
Irish National Teachers Organisation.