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Government must reverse teacher cuts to DEIS schools – Crowe

18 December, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe, TD, has called on the government to reverse the cuts that will result in the loss of hundreds of teaching posts to DEIS band schools in disadvantaged areas.

Speaking after appearing on the This Week programme on RTÉ today Deputy Crowe said:

“The unjustifiable cuts announced in this month’s budget have targeted schools that teach children from some of our most deprived and disadvantaged areas.

“In my own constituency of Dublin South West there are fears that anywhere up to 40 teachers will be lost to West Tallaght with one school losing possibly 12 teachers.

“This targeted approach against the poor and disadvantaged follows the loss from many of these same schools of Special Needs Assistants, Traveller Allocation Teachers and Language Support for the improvement in numeracy and literacy skills and a rise in the educational attainment level of many pupils.

“The loss of these posts will have a serious long term detrimental effect on the children and local communities. It is yet another attack on some of our most vulnerable and makes a mockery of Labour’s public commitments to protect the educational rights of children and those marginalised by poverty.

“These cuts in teaching posts follow a cut of €2million for the school completion works and a 2% reduction in capitation fees for each school.

“It is obvious that this government has specifically targeted schools in disadvantaged areas believing there will not be as much controversy or protest against their measures. This decision, like the one to cut young people’s disability allowance, is morally reprehensible and wrong.

“Many of these children’s life chances and future well being depend on education. Minister Quinn must revise this policy and immediately reverse these cuts.” ENDS

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