Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 01/07/2015. Tags: Education And Politics Parenting
Concern has been expressed by Teacher unions and parents about the delay in advising schools of SNA (Special Need Assistant) allocations for the 2015/16 school year as it causes unnecessary uncertainty for parents, staff and Principals. “Because of the delay, principal teachers can not plan, staff do not know if they have a job or not, and parents don’t know what level of care support, if any, their children will have in school. Allowing the school year to end without a response is entirely unacceptable,” said INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan
Allocations are normally advised to schools before the end of June. However the Department of Education has stated that they only received confirmation of the numbers involved from the NCSE
last Thursday and that the Minister hopes to confirm allocations to schools over the next ten days.
Back in Budget 2015
, an exta 220 SNAs were allocated to start from September 2015, raising the total number in schools to 11,330. However it is believed that there may have been a further surge in demand this year and if that is the case, any additional spending required to meet this demand would have to be approved by Cabinet.