Kerry will receive 50 extra SNAs
Kerry is to receive 50 additional Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) according to an announcement this week by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD with the allocation to be made to schools over the September-to-December period of this year.
It will bring to 521 the total number of SNAs in the county. Primary schools will benefit from 37 additional SNA posts, while post-primary schools will receive another 13 SNAs. The allocation for Special Schools will remain as it is. Kerry is one of nine counties that will not receive a boost in this area.
Minister of State Brendan Griffin TD welcomed the allocation of 50 additional SNAs, commenting that the increase "reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs in our local schools".
"It is essential that we continue to provide for children with special educational needs in our local schools so they can reach their full potential," Minister Griffin added. "The extra posts will ensure that every child that needs access to SNA support in Kerry can receive this extra support."
Kerry Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil welcomed the increase in allocation for primary and secondary schools, but said he is disappointed that the allocation for special schools in Kerry has remained unchanged at 74 posts.
"In special schools, the needs of children with disabilities are considerably more profound than those in mainstream schools, and additional SNA allocations would, I believe, improve the learning environment for everyone, supporting the classroom teacher and pupils alike," he said.
"I do not believe there isn't a requirement for additional posts in the special schools in Kerry, and I'm disappointed there's no extra allocation."