THE Department of Education is set to sanction 11 new teaching posts for VEC schools in Louth - a move that will benefit students across the county.
According to Co Louth VEC, these new posts are being provided to cater for the increase in student enrolments across all of the county’s VEC schools.
First year student enrolments are up considerably in Bush Post-primary School and at O’Fiaich College in Dundalk.
The sharpest rise will take place at both Scoil Uí Mhuirí in Dunleer, and at St Oliver’s Community College in Drogheda.
Dr Pádraig Kirk, CEO of Co Louth VEC said: “Overall 1st year enrolments across VEC schools will increase by over 200 students next year; Bush Post-primary School and O’Fiaich College will each have one extra first year class next September, while Scoil Uí Mhuirí and St Oliver’s Community College will each have three extra first year classes.”
New extensions are due to open at the schools in Dunleer and Drogheda next September. Co Louth VEC is one of the largest employers in Co Louth with over 750 employees between full and part-time teachers and tutors, administrative personnel and ancillary and support staff. The VEC head office is located at Chapel Street in Dundalk.
Dr Kirk added: “Co Louth VEC will be advertising to fill these posts over the next couple of weeks and will recruit the best teachers available”.