|12 January 2012 - Review must be ‘first step’ in reversing planned cuts in DEIS schools - IPPN|
The Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), the professional body that represents over 3,350 primary school leaders, has urged the Government to continue to invest in schools in disadvantaged areas, saying the review announced last night must be the first step in reversing planned cuts in resources.
‘With the planned abolition of DEIS for rural schools and DEIS II in urban areas, it appears that the already disadvantaged are taking a disproportionate hit in the effort to save money.
‘With all of these cuts hitting schools at the same time, parents, principals and teachers fear that local schools’ ability to support children who most need help will radically diminish.
‘This, together with the pressure on small schools with four teachers or fewer, has generated deep anxiety among parents and teachers that schools will close across the country and critical resources will be withdrawn from children most in need.
‘It is vital, too, that any review of resources carried out by the Government is transparent and based on the application of consistent criteria, not on which schools are most vocal in their opposition to the move,’ said Mr Cottrell.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 18:15|