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1,400 pupils in 'supersize' classrooms

SOME of Sligo's primary classes are among the most overcrowded in the country.

More than 1,400 pupils are in 'supersize' classes of 30 or more.

That represents 21 percent of primary students in the county.

Figures released by the INTO show that this compares to 30 percent in Wicklow, the highest in Ireland, 17 percent in Mayo and equals the rate in Leitrim.

Sixty- two percent of pupils are in classes of 20 or more and 17 percent in classes under 20.

Leitrim has 18 percent of pupils in classes under 20.

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Peter Mullan, Media Officer, INTO said: "Ninety percent of pupils in Sligo schools are in classes of 20 or more."


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