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Class size increase another Fine Gael/Labour U-turn – Crowe

4 August, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD


Sinn Féin education spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has described the government decision to increase class sizes as another U-turn from Fine Gael and the Labour Party which is based on meeting EU/IMF targets regardless of the social consequences for children.

Speaking today Deputy Crowe said:

“This cut represents another U-turn from Fine Gael and Labour who when in opposition argued correctly that larger class sizes not only affect the quality of teaching but make it more difficult to concentrate on children with special needs.

“This proposal comes at a time when the government is slashing special needs assistants. We already have some of largest class sizes in Europe with 100,000 in classes of more than 30 pupils.

“Large class sizes have, in the past, resulted in pupils leaving school without basic skills like being able to read or write. They also increase the disadvantage already felt by children of lower socio economic backgrounds.

“This is a bad decision which is based on meeting EU/IMF targets regardless of the social consequences for our children who deserve so much better.” ENDS

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