Budget 2016 continues to short change students and their families –Carol Nolan
Sinn Féin Local Councillor and General Election Candidate for the Offaly/North Tipperary Constituency, Carol Nolan, has stated that the measures announced for education in today’s Budget are underwhelming and fall far short of what is required.
Cllr Nolan, who has 12 years experience in teaching and holds a Masters Degree in Special and Inclusive Education, said:
“However, this Government failed to introduce this change and has yet again neglected our schools which are continuously forced to rely on voluntary contributions from hard pressed parents.
“This Government chose not to reverse the deeply misguided and damaging cut to guidance teachers in secondary schools despite the fact that Sinn Féin clearly set out in its pre budget proposals how the restoration of 700 guidance posts across the state was possible through progressive taxation measures.
“Since 2011, this Government has presided over one of the most vicious cuts to the education budget – the reduction in 15% in resource teaching hours to children with special needs.
“This is despite the fact that the numbers of children requiring resource hours has increased by 8,000 since 2011.
“Again Sinn Féin had provided for the €71 million that would have made this possible under our pre-budget submission.
While I welcome the fact that the Government has committed to reduce the pupil teacher ratios, nevertheless it is completely obvious that today's budget has failed to make the necessary investment in our children's education and continues to short change students and their families."“