Cork TD says supersize classrooms in schools must be phased out

Cork County has the highest number of primary school classes with 30 or more students – of any local authority area in the whole state.

That’s according to information released to Cork South Central TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire.

There were 2,120 primary school classes across the state with 30 pupils or more – in the last academic year.

The data was provided following a written parliamentary question to the Minister of Education by Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire.

It shows that Cork County is the most affected local authority district with 208 classes with 30 pupils or more.

In the City Council’s area, 35 classes has 30 or more children.

Although classes of 38 pupils were reported in Cork County, Limerick, Galway City and Laois, the average class size in both Cork City and County was 21.4.

Last September’s OECD ‘Education at a Glance’ report found that the average class size the EU was 20 pupils per class and the OECD was 21.

In a statement to RedFM News, Deputy Ó Laoghaire Described the figures as “shocking” and “simply unacceptable” and says they underline the need for “increased investment in our education system in the upcoming budget”.

In February, the Minister of Education told the Dáil that Budget 2022 had improved the average class size and would continue this “positive trend”.

 


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