Additional teachers to reduce overcrowded classes welcome
The INTO has welcomed the announcement in the budget of additional teachers to tackle Ireland’s overcrowded classes in primary schools. Today’s announcement will see more than 300 additional primary teachers appointed to reduce class sizes in the most overcrowded schools.
The Minister for Finance today announced as part of Budget 2018 that the staffing schedule in primary schools will be reduced from 27:1 to 26:1.
CurrentlyIrish classes at primary level are among the largest in the EU, second only to the UK. Irish classes have an average of 25 pupils compared to an EU average of 20 per class. Around 100,000 pupils in Ireland are in supersized classes of 30 or more.
Today’s budget will see over 300 extra primary teachers to reduce class sizes and a similar number to provide for increases in enrolment and the replacement of retiring teachers.
Reducing class sizes in primary schools was a key priority of the INTO’s pre-budget campaign. The union also campaigned for increased non-teaching time for teaching principals to enable them to better administer small schools.
Date: Tuesday, 10 October 17