Two primary schools on list to lose a teacher

TWO local primary schools are on a list of those set to lose a teacher when the new academic year begins, although the Department of Education says that the final decisions won’t be made until the autumn, writes Tess Felder.

TWO local primary schools are on a list of those set to lose a teacher when the new academic year begins, although the Department of Education says that the final decisions won’t be made until the autumn, writes Tess Felder.

Wandesforde National School in Castlecomer and Rathdowney National School are among the 32 schools identified by the department that would lose a teacher based on the number of pupils enrolled.

“Some 73 small primary schools were originally due to lose a classroom teacher in September 2012 as a result of the budget measure to increase the relevant pupil thresholds. The Staffing Appeals Board provisionally upheld appeals from 41 schools subject to confirmation that their actual enrolments in September 2012 reach the required level,” Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said in response to a Dáil question.

His list of the remaining 32 schools whose appeals have not been upheld includes Wandesforde and Rathdowney.

“The final staffing position for all schools will ultimately not be known until the autumn,” the minister said. “At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed and all appeals to the Staffing Appeals Board will have been considered.”