Schools face threat of closure

CONCERNED parents and teachers will attend a meeting on Friday on the future on three schools in South Kilkenny who face an uncertain future.

CONCERNED parents and teachers will attend a meeting on Friday on the future on three schools in South Kilkenny who face an uncertain future.

Fears are growing about how government cuts in education announced in the last budget are affecting small rural primary schools in South Kilkenny and South Tipperary. Local councillors and TDs have also been be invited to attend.

Under the budget proposals the number of pupils required to gain and retain a teaching post in small primary schools would be gradually increased between September 2012 and September 2014.

The meeting in the Carraig Hotel is being organised by the Parents Assosiation of Newtown Upper National School, Carrick on Suir. Newtown Upper National School may lose its third teacher next September as a direct result of these cuts. Under the new rules all three teacher schools are required to have 51 pupils backdated to September 30 2011 to retain their three teachers. Although Newtown Upper NS had only 50 pupils on Spetember 30 2011, they now have 52 pupils having gained two pupils in December 2011 and so satisfy the government criteria. However as the government take the pupil numbers form September 30 2011 the school is still set to lose our third teacher.