GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO CLOSE MORE RURAL DONEGAL SCHOOLS, CLAIMS TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has said any attempt to force the amalgamation of small schools in Donegal must be resisted.Deputy McConalogue has raised serious concerns about the fresh threat to the future of small schools in Donegal and in rural communities across the country.“It has been clear for some time that the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has an agenda to force the amalgamation of small rural schools. My fear is that this will result in a number of small schools here in Donegal being forced to close, and some communities in this region will inevitably lose their local school entirely,” said Deputy McConalogue. “There are now fears that more than 1,000 schools across the country with under 80 pupils or 3 teachers may face closure. This is a blind attack on small schools with no consideration of each school’s ethos, the standard of education it provides and its contribution to the community. In the vast majority of cases these schools provide an excellent standard of education and they play a central role in community life.“This issue is causing great fear and distress among parents, children and teachers in small rural schools right across the region. I have spoken to many local teachers and parents who are genuinely fearful that their school will soon be forced to close and amalgamate with a larger school in another community.“I am urging local Fine Gael and Labour representatives to put a stop to this blind attack on small rural schools. The Cabinet is due to discuss a Value for Money Review on small schools shortly. I am urging all Ministers sitting around that Cabinet table to recognise the fact that this cannot be judged on monetary value alone. The value of a local school is far more than what is taught in the classroom. The local school is at the heart of community life and removing it will have enormous long-term consequences for the community as a whole.”  GOVERNMENT PLANNING TO CLOSE MORE RURAL DONEGAL SCHOOLS, CLAIMS TD was last modified: April 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLAIMS TDGOVERNMENT PLANNING TO CLOSE MORE RURAL DONEGAL SCHOOLSlast_img

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