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More pupils squeezing into overcrowded classrooms

ALMOST 3,600 Clare national school pupils are in classes of more than 30, according to official figures. Latest statistics from the Department of Education show 27% of national school pupils in the county are in classes of 30 or more. More than 90% of Clare pupils are in classes of 20 or more and 14% are in classes of under 20. The increase in overcrowded classrooms has been described as a “wake-up call” by INTO vice president Seán McMahon, who urged Education Minister Ruairí Quinn not to increase class sizes in the forthcoming Budget. His call coincides with a pre-emptive strike by the INTO  against proposed cutbacks of up to €100 million by. A public meeting has been organised for all interested stakeholders, teachers, parents, Oireachtas members and public representatives at a venue to be decided on September 19. This is being supported by the establishment of a new National Alliance for Primary Education, comprising representatives from management, parents, teachers …

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