Future of teaching positions unclear

by Gazette Reporter
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A number of teaching positions that will support English as an Additional Language may be retained at schools across Dublin 15 in the next academic year.
According to local TD and Minister for Transport, Sports and Tourism Leo Varadkar (FG), the Department of Education has confirmed that appeals to retain 17 teaching positions in Dublin 15 have been “provisionally approved” and final approval depends on school enrolments in September.
“Dublin 15 is a very diverse community. There are a huge number of students who do not use English as their first language. Minister Ruairi Quinn has clearly recognised this in his decision to review the situation,” Minister Varadkar said.
“I want to thank Minister Quinn for recognising the needs of schools in Dublin 15, which represent a huge range of communities.”
Socialist Party Cllr Ruth Coppinger said these positions are essential, but more teachers are needed in Dublin West.
“We lost a huge amount of teachers in the last couple of years in Dublin West because of cuts and the change in pupil-teacher ratio and the English support.
“We would have a huge number of kids who need help with English, so they [the positions] are absolutely vital because not only do these children need help, but the teachers need to be able to deal with other kids who don’t need the help rather than holding everyone back.”
The schools that could see these teachers retained include: Scoil Naomh Lucais, Hollywood Road, Tyrrelstown – 2 positions, Scoil Bride B, Blanchardstown – 2 positions, Scoil Bride C, Blanchardstown – 1 position, St Francis Xavier Junior National School, Roselawn Road, Castleknock – 1 position, Corduff National School, Blanchardstown – 1 position, Scoil Nais Mhuire Sois, Blakestown, Mulhuddart – 1 position, St Philips Senior National School, Mountview, Clonsilla – 1 position, Sacred Heart National School, Huntstown, Mulhuddart – 2 positions, Scoil Thomais, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock – 1 position, Ladyswell national School, Mulhuddart – 2 positions, Tyrrelstown Educate Together National School, Hollywood Road, Tyrrelstown – 1 position and Powerstown Educate Together National School, Powerstown Road, Tyrrelstown – 2 positions.

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