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Crowe demands proper funding for National Education Welfare Board

3 June, 2006

Speaking today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe called on the government to adequately fund the National Education Welfare Board.


Deputy Crowe said, “The purpose of this Board is to keep track of school attendance and combat absenteeism, which is a concern in my own constituency area of Dublin South West. However, the Board remain under resourced, with just 83 Education Welfare Officers servicing the entire state. Therefore it cannot fulfil its statutory obligations.


“It is estimated that 1 in 5 students from areas of high disadvantage miss more than 20 days in primary and secondary school per year. With a well resourced and adequately funded National Education Welfare Board, this problem could be tackled.


“Chronic school absenteeism is closely linked with early school leaving; it should be tackled as a matter of urgency and to do this effectively proper funding for the National Education Welfare Board needs to be made available.” ENDS

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