School loses teacher

GAELSCOIL Dun Dealgan is set to lose its resource teacher next September following cutbacks which will affect the pupil-teacher ratio.

GAELSCOIL Dun Dealgan is set to lose its resource teacher next September following cutbacks which will affect the pupil-teacher ratio.

The Irish-language primary school in Muirhevnamor currently has 14 teachers and 199 pupils.

According to Gaelscoil Dun Dealgan principal, Padraig MacCanna, children who have extra educational needs will lose out following the change.

“The children won’t be getting the extra time that they need. It will make things more difficult for everyone,” he said.

“A resource teacher is a resource that can’t be measured. If it was a case of budget cuts, parents would rally around and do some fundraising.”

More than 40 all-Irish primary schools will lose teachers next September following a change in the current favourable pupil-teacher ratio in Gaelscoileanna.

They will have the same ratio as the English-medium schools, a change that will particularly hit gaelscoileanna with between three and eight teachers.

A campaign to retain the present ratio was has been launched by Gaelscoileanna Teo, whose president, Micheal O Broin, said the present system recognised the considerable extra workload involved in running an Irish-medium school, such as implementing the entire curriculum through the medium of Irish.

Up to 31 schools will lose one teacher, four schools will lose two teachers and administrative principals will have to return to the classroom in the case of six schools. The number of pupils in classes will increase and there will many mixed classes with a high number of children in them, he said.