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Investment in primary education would be a priority for SF in government

9 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Sean Crowe speaking from Cork this morning where he is due to attend the INTO Annual Congress said ‘There is a lot of frustration that the government have been so slow in responding to the challenges across the education system.’  Deputy Crowe said that investment in primary education would be a priority for Sinn Féin in government.’ 

 

Deputy Crowe said:

 

“More than one in four primary school pupils are being taught in over crowded classrooms and this state has the second largest average class room size at primary level in the EU.

 

“There is no question but there are the resources available to educate our whole population to the highest standards.  Indeed, our future economic development and reaching our full potential depends on it.  

 

“There is a lot of frustration that the government has been so slow in responding to the challenges faced across the education system. In my own constituency of Dublin South West we have seen the impact on the ground of the government’s inaction. 

 

“Sinn Féin wants to see greater funding per pupil at pre-school and primary level.  This is critical to tackling education disadvantage.

 

“Among Sinn Féin’s priorities the immediate provision of a pre-school session of 3.5 hours a day, five days a week for all children aged 3-5 years.  We also want to see increased investment to enforce a primary school pupil-teacher ratio of 15:1 and the immediate upgrading of sub standard schools and building of premises where required.”ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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