The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has announced that 911 new classes for children with special needs are scheduled to open in September. These new classes will cater for over 500 children with special needs in 88 mainstream primary and post primary schools.
One of the special class rooms is due to open in Drumshanbo Vocational School next month.
This special class room is provided for children with significant needs who cannot be educated in a mainstream class setting, for example children with autism or a specific speech and language disorder.
The classes have lower pupil-teacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for eleven pupils.
Deputy Tony Mc Loughlin has warmly welcomed this announcement by the National Council for Special Education and the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn TD.