Sinn Fein Councillor Tomas Sharkey claims cuts to education will put economic recovery under threat

Councillor Sharkey warns of the effect of cutting educational services the County Louth VEC has outlined, such as, cuts to guidance counselling, pre DEIS teaching posts and special needs.

Councillor Sharkey warns of the effect of cutting educational services the County Louth VEC has outlined, such as, cuts to guidance counselling, pre DEIS teaching posts and special needs.

Sinn Fein County Councillor in Louth, Tomas Sharkey claims that cuts to education provision will have a detrimental effect on any economic growth in the future.

“This week, County Louth VEC outlined the services that are under threat from this government’s cuts. I am a member of the VEC and share the CEO Dr Padraig Kirk’s concerns for the provision of proper education services in the 2012 - 2013 academic year.

“So far, this government has lined up cuts to guidance counselling, pre DEIS teaching posts, the teaching of English as an additional language, special needs and minority subjects. This is bad news for schools not only in Louth VEC, but in every school in every town and village across this state.

“Potentially PLC courses are under threat, one to one teaching for weaker students may be lost and class sizes will increase. I am also worried that minority subjects such as Physics and Chemistry may be lost.

“These cuts will put any economic recovery under threat. The government needs to realise that austerity in education is a plan for failure and will exacerbate the economic crisis.

“I am calling on local government TDs and Senators to come out in opposition to these cuts in education.”