Meeting called as anger rises over class sizes

Sam Matthews

Reporter:

Sam Matthews

The anger of parents and teachers at the threat of increases to class sizes in Kilkenny schools is rising, with a public meeting now organised.

The anger of parents and teachers at the threat of increases to class sizes in Kilkenny schools is rising, with a public meeting now organised.

Local parents and teachers will join forces in the Newpark Hotel this Monday to protest against threatened increases to already overcrowded classes. The INTO say that 20% of Kilkenny children are in ‘supersize’ classrooms of 30 children or more.

The public meeting, which is one of a series of nationwide gatherings, is expected to draw a large crowd. All Carlow- Kilkenny TDS have also been invited.

“We need our local politicians to prevent the creation of monster classes in Kilkenny,” says local teacher and INTO executive memberJoe McKeown.

“If Minister Quinn carries out his threat, we will see Kilkenny eight-year-olds in classes of 38-40 pupils. This cannot be allowed to happen.”

The INTO has long maintained that class sizes have a major impact on literacy and numeracy standards.

The meeting will be addressed by Kilkenny’s well known literacy campaigner and bookshop owner, Khan Kiely, as well as local teacher and management representatives. All are welcome to attend the meeting on Monday, Septmember 23 at 8pm.