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Newly appointed Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is being called on to prioritise small schools and reverse the punitive cuts to teacher numbers which are having a destabilising effect on rural communities, particularly in areas of South Galway and the Gaeltacht.
Eleven of the 39 small primary schools across the country that are set to lose a teacher and classroom posts in September are in Mayo, it has emerged.
Five hundred additional posts are to be created in schools to cope with a substantial increase in demand for resource teaching hours.
With the SUSI debacle leavings thousands of Galway students still waiting for their grant applications to be processed, a local TD has called on the Education Minister to “sort out” the issue.
Up to 2,000 students from across Mayo are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed by the new centralised student grant system, SUSI, which was set up this year by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD. As many as 50,000 students nationwide are still waiting for their grants, which is resulting in students being forced to drop out of college because they cannot afford to pay rent or fees.
Colaiste Iognaid is 150 years at its Sea Road site this year, and as part of the celebrations, an international education conference is being held at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo this weekend.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week has welcomed clarification by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, that there are to be no changes to the means test terms for student grants for the coming 2012/2013 academic year.
Galway schools needing rebuilding and refurbishment should be included in the €2 billion stimulus package announced by the Government this week.
Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Dep Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed the news that a number of Mayo schools have been given notice to proceed by the Department of Education and Skills to replace prefabs with permanent accommodation, including Behymore NS, Ballina; Scoil Cholmcille, Breaffy, Ballina; Cooneal NS, Ballina; SN Naomh Padraig, Currabaggan, Ballina; Richmond NS, Crossmolina; Ballyvary Central NS, Castlebar; SN Chomain Naofa, Roundfort; and Lankill NS, Liscarney.