Speaking following reports that children’s class sizes are to be increased from 28 to 30 in the forthcoming budget, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on Minister Ruairi Quinn to put a stop to these plans.
The Cork North-Central TD said;
“It is clear that large class sizes can have a negative impact on outcomes for children at school. Not only this, but larger class sizes may mean increased pressure for many teachers and job losses for others.
“Children have been hit again and again by the austerity budgets with losses in special needs assistants and the failure of the government to replace the hundreds of prefab classrooms across the country with adequate class facilities. They should not be forced to carry the cost of fixing the mistakes of others, particularly at the expense of their education when there are other budgetary options out there.
“Sinn Féin is calling on the minister to protect frontline services in education and ensure that class sizes are not increased as a result of the budget.”