Limerick students being taught in overcrowded classrooms

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

MORE than 90% of primary school pupils in Limerick are being taught in classes which are above the average size across the European Union.

MORE than 90% of primary school pupils in Limerick are being taught in classes which are above the average size across the European Union.

According to the Irish National Teachers Organisation, more than 4,000 pupils across Limerick are in classes which cater for more than 30 pupils.

According to the statistics, 31% of primary pupils are in classes of 30 or more, while 57% of pupils occupy classes of 20 or more.

Just 12% of pupils are in classes with less than 20 pupils.

The average class size in primary schools across county Limerick is 24.9 - above the national average of 24.5 - students per room.

Responding to the figures, the INTO said they show the impact of government cutbacks on the ground in schools.

General secretary Sheila Nunan described the findings as a “wake-up call” for Minister Ruairi Quinn.

She also warned that at the same time class sizes were rising, the pupil-teacher ratio is worsening, due to the cutting back of support teachers.