The Minister for Education & Skills Ruairí Quinn has this week confirmed fears that primary schools across Co Donegal will lose a significant number of teaching posts from September. The Minister was responding to questions by Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “The cuts to small schools and disadvantaged rural schools this year are just further evidence of this Government’s anti-rural agenda. Following a series of questions, the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has confirmed to me this week that at least nine Primary Schools in Donegal will lose a teacher from September. That amounts to at least 30 teaching posts. In addition to this, all 101 of Donegal’s primary schools face staff losses and larger classes in September 2013, 2014 and 2015.”
The schools losing a teacher this September are:
Scoil Náisiánta Gort an Choirce
Scoil Náisiánta Arainn Mhár
Scoil Náisiánta Loch an Iubhair
Scoil Chonaill, Bun Beag
Scoil Naisunta, na hAcrai
Scoil Cholmcille, Malin
Scoil Náisúnta Umlach, Carraig Airt
Ayr Hill NS, Ramelton
Many other Schools across Donegal will not get an additional teaching post due to the changes to the staffing schedules.
Senator Ó Domhnaill added, “Rural DEIS schools will continue to lose posts from September as the Government only saved posts in urban DEIS schools. This leaves
almost all of the DEIS Schools in Donegal with legacy posts, an estimated at 13, at risk of losing teachers.
“For example, St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe, a rural DEIS School will lose 4 staff from September 2011 to September 2012. This represents a blatant attack on the most vulnerable young children. St Eunan’s will lose a liaison teacher, a resource teacher a concessionary legacy post and an administration principle post.
“This is only one example of how the Fine Gael/Labour education cuts will hit Donegal schools. This county is particularly badly hit by the outright attack on Minority Ethos, the Irish Language, Culture and Social Rights.”