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Sinn Féin to raise special needs education in Dáil debate

21 February, 2005


Sinn Féin will this week use their Dáil Private Members Time to call on the Government to address the concerns of parents, teachers and school principals about the proposed system of special needs education due to be implemented in schools throughout the State later this year. The motion calls for more resources of children with special needs and for the Government to fulfil its promise to reduce class sizes.

Publishing the motion, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Seán Crowe said:

"Children with special needs are still not receiving the education which is theirs by right. There is widespread concern that the proposed Œweighted system‚ for allocation of special needs teachers to schools will lead to many schools actually losing resources. Minister for Education and Science

Mary Hanafin is reviewing this and has said she does not want to see any child losing out. She should publish her plans as soon as possibl

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