Three teachers’ jobs in County Limerick schools saved

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

DEPUTY Dan Neville has welcomed the news that three teaching positions in County Limerick, that were to be axed, have been saved.

DEPUTY Dan Neville has welcomed the news that three teaching positions in County Limerick, that were to be axed, have been saved.

Due to the rise in the pupil teacher ratios in the budget Scoil Chaitriona in Cappamore; Anglesboro and Herbertstown National Schools faced losing one teacher.

“The primary staffing appeals board met last Wednesday and Thursday to consider a total of 367 appeals which were submitted under various criteria.

“Thirty four small schools had their appeals provisionally upheld, on the basis of their projected increase in enrolments for the coming school year.

“The retention of the classroom teachers in these 34 schools is conditional on confirmation in September that their actual enrolments meet the required increased level,” said Deputy Neville.

For those small schools who were not successful, the appeals board will look at them again if they can confirm that their actual September enrolments have risen to the required increased level.

Herbertstown National School protested when the announcement was made last January.

Principal of the school, Betty Carmody, said it was “common sense gone mad”.

They were going to lose a teacher for a year because they were one pupil short, who would go to a different school, and then get a different teacher the year after due to their growing numbers.