Deering welcomes provision of extra Resource Teacher posts

25th June, 2013

 

 

 Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the decision taken by the Government to appoint an extra 500 resource teachers for children with special needs, saying the move will come as a huge relief to parents and teachers alike.

“I was very concerned last week when the Minister announced a reduction in the number of resource hours available to special needs children to cope with a significant increase in demand. Thankfully, the Government has listened to these concerns, and it has now committed to filling 500 extra resource teacher posts to cope with this increase in demand for the coming school year. The number of SNAs is also being protected at the same level as last year.

“This Government is investing a huge amount in educational provision for children with special needs. The amount being spent on special education this year is 60% higher than the amount spent in 2007 at the height of the boom. In 2013, we will spend €1.3 billion on special education needs, the same amount as we spend in total on the Gardai, and by comparison, approximately €1.5 billion is being spent on the entire third level sector

“This Government has maintained the number of resource teachers and special needs assistants in the system since coming into office, despite enormous budgetary constraints in education and other front-line services.

“However we must ensure that we spend our resources on the children who need them most. I welcome todays announcement also, that a report is being compiled for the Minister for Education to consider what reforms are necessary within the special education sector to ensure the support is properly allocated.”