Save our schools

Overcrowding in classes and the prospect of losing more teachers will be discussed in a public meeting next week.

Overcrowding in classes and the prospect of losing more teachers will be discussed in a public meeting next week.

The INTO meeting will set out the further threat to small schools if the pupil teacher ratio is increased in the upcoming budget.

Peter Mullen, INTO, told the paper that small schools are barely surviving as it is, teaching 3-4 classes in the one room and more cuts could have devastating results. He said small rural schools have already lost vital teachers.

On the other side of the spectrum larger schools are placing kids in overcrowded classes. “20% of Leitrim pupils are in ‘supersize’ classes of 30 kids or more.”

“The Minister for Education and Skills is threatening to increase primary class sizes in the budget. This cannot be allowed to happen” he stated.

The INTO said children shouldn’t have to pay for adults’ mistakes in Ireland.

All politicians, parents and teachers are asked to attend a meeting in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday, September 30 at 8pm.