Class rooms are grossly over-burdened throughout the country, with a shocking 125,000 (or one in five) primary school pupils being taught in “super-size” classes of over 30 students which was up from 96,000 in 2006/2007.
Average class size in Ireland is 26 pupils, greater than the European average of 21, however due to the large number of small schools the average masks large variations in different class sizes among schools (see here for your area).
Research is unequivocal that, especially for children under-9 and for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, classes should be no more than 20 pupils.
Teachers are over-burdened and children’s education are being put in jeopardy by this situation.
Fianna Fáil is pushing for an immediate and progressive reduction in class sizes with priority for pupils aged 5- 9 years.
Read and Share Fianna Fáil’s Education agenda for next government.