Tuesday, 8th October 2019
Press statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Rural schools to get a boost after Budget 2020 education reforms – Naughton
Minister for Education Joe McHugh has confirmed that he is to reduce the pupil teacher ratio for all 1, 2, 3 and 4 teacher schools next year. This will particularly affect rural schools.
“This decision is a very welcome. I know from sitting on the Oireachtas Education Committee and talking to school principals in rural Galway how difficult it is to manage class sizes. As a former teacher myself, I also know the added stress that is brought to bear on teachers trying to cope with large numbers of students,” the local TD said.
“I have met with the INTO twice in recent weeks to discuss exactly this issue and I am pleased that the Minister for Education has realised the importance of supporting rural schools,” Deputy Naughton added.
Additional education measures in this year’s budget include.
• Over 150 new mainstream teaching posts.
• 400 additional teaching posts to support those with special education needs.
• An additional 1000 special needs assistants.
• An increase in the standard and enhanced capitation rates.
• Additional funding for school books in primary schools.
“The children of today are gearing up to become adult citizens of tomorrow. This growth reflects the future of our country. It is vital that the education sector, and particularly schools in rural areas are helped to provide the best educational setting. This is why I am particularly pleased with today’s announcement, “she noted.
“Notwithstanding the challenges of Brexit, the Government has ensured that education will be protected into the future and particularly will provide a boost for rural schools. Educating our young people close to home makes sense and it is vital that rural schools and communities are protected,” explained the Galway West TD.