SIX new classes for children with special needs in mainstream primary and post primary schools will open in Carlow and Kilkenny next month, according to Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan. The six schools are Killkenny VEC at New Street, Kilkenny; Castlecomer Community School; St Brigid’s NS, Tullow; Queen of the Universe, NS, Muinebheag; St Joseph’s BNS, Carlow and Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown.
“These classes have lower pupil-teacher ratios than mainstream classes, ranging from one teacher for six pupils to one teacher for eleven pupils”, said Minister Hogan. “They will enable students with special needs to transition from primary to post primary settings. While most of these classes have been allocated at primary level, there has been an increase in the number of special classes available at post-primary level,” he added.