91 schools have questioned non-inclusion in DEIS scheme – Nolan
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Education and Skills Carol Nolan TD has today received figures from the Department of Education and Skills, which show that 91 schools across the state have contacted the Department to query their absence from the list of new schools announced for the DEIS scheme.
Commenting on the figures, Teachta Nolan said:
“I am not surprised that 91 schools have queried their lack of inclusion in the list of new schools announced for the DEIS scheme.
“In fact, with no specific appeals process in place, the number of schools may be much higher.
“Since the moratorium on new DEIS schools was put in place in 2009, child poverty levels in Ireland have increased from 6.3% in 2008 to 11.5% in 2015.
“We know that the level of disadvantage across our communities have increased due to the austerity policies pursued by previous governments and it is no wonder that it is having a lasting effect in our classrooms.
“Cutbacks to capitation rates, supports for traveller children, home school liaison and the school completion programme have meant that schools have been consistently asked to do more with less.
“In our Alternative Budget, Sinn Féin put forward a range of measures to address the effects of educational disadvantage.
“I recently introduced legislation that would place the Educational Disadvantage Committee on a statutory footing to provide the Minister with policy advice on this issue.
“Meanwhile, this Government pats itself on the back with spin about an economic recovery that is built on the inequality in our classrooms.”