Deputy Seán Crowe meets with INTO delegation
Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe, TD, met this week in Leinster House with a delegation from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) that included Noreen Flynn, President, General Secretary Sheila Nunan and Media Officer Peter Mullen.
During the meeting, which Deputy Crowe described as “very positive and informative” a number of critical issues were discussed including proposals to reform public sector pensions, rising class sizes and the overall impact of cuts on the school curriculum.
Deputy Crowe said: “It is clear that teachers are facing major challenges in the time ahead and there is growing concern that our education system will not be fit for purpose should current government policies continue to be implemented. The priority must be the ring fencing of funding for all of our children yet the reality is we face the possibility of seeing the current education budget being reduced by 3.6 billion Euros between now and 2014.
“Should this happen, it will have profound and far reaching implications for our education system. Already children with special needs and learning difficulties have been badly hit by cuts that are denying their right to receive a proper education.
“A significant reduction in the teaching staff payroll will increase the teacher/pupil ratio to a level where many children will find it increasingly difficult to cope in the classroom.
“We cannot hope to improve literacy and numeracy levels if the government continues to target vital frontline services.” ENDS