Government’s planned cut of 428 DEIS teaching posts insidious – McDonald
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has sharply criticised Education Minister Ruairi Quinn’s decision to cut 428 posts from schools servicing disadvantaged areas.
Deputy McDonald said:
“The Education Minister’s plan to cut 428 teaching posts from DEIS schools is a devastating blow to the schools and communities worst hit socially and economically by the recession.
“The Labour party once vowed to break the cycle of educational disadvantage created by successive Fianna Fáil led governments yet Minister Quinn’s decision to savage DEIS teaching supports will copper fasten inequality of opportunity for our most deprived kids.
“Individual DEIS schools in the North Inner City will lose up to eight teachers. It is completely unacceptable that an area suffering horrendous economic and social deprivation would be targeted for such an insidious cut by a Labour Minister.
“Withdrawing teaching posts under the banner of enhanced educational opportunity is perverse and a claim that no Labour Minister should stand over.
“Labour and Fine Gael need to be very clear. If they continue to pursue the least well off in society to carry the burden of unsustainable banking debt they will face an almighty battle from countless communities across the State.” ENDS