Rethink needed on teacher-pupil ratios

Sinn Féin Councillor, Seán McSharry has called on Education Minister, Ruairí Quinn, to rethink his proposed changes to teacher-pupil ratios in our schools.

Sinn Féin Councillor, Seán McSharry has called on Education Minister, Ruairí Quinn, to rethink his proposed changes to teacher-pupil ratios in our schools.

Cllr McSharry’s comments came after several meetings with parents and teachers in rural schools. He did however welcome recent funding to Leitrim schools but also highlighted the fact that Minister Quinn was forced to perform a U-turn in relation to proposed cutbacks at DEIS schools because of pressure from parents and government deputies.

Cllr McSharry also pointed out that “just like the Household Tax, there seems to have been little research into the circumstances of the situation. Rural schools in certain cases are outperforming their urban counterparts in many areas and are also comprised of solid structure compared to situations where children are being educated in prefabs. I find it unbelievable that Minister Quinn would want to amalgamate schools and put further pressure on teachers and pupils.”

Cllr McSharry pointed to a line in the proclamation: ‘Cherish all the children of the nation equally’. “Minister Quinn should examine this line when making decisions on education and not to punish the children of rural schools in order to pay for the mistakes of ‘Gambling Bankers’,” he said.