Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 17/10/2013. Tags: Teachers News
Attempts to combat large class sizes in Ireland may include teachers
being assigned to schools faster than they are at present.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn noted this fast-tracking approach is a possibility as the Department of Education tries to bring an end to the practice of having high numbers of children - sometimes as many as 35 - in the classroom, the Irish Examiner reports.
Teachers are allocated for every 28 pupils in each primary school
, but the current system has resulted in many schools having class sizes of more than 30 children. Mr Quinn has described this setup - which sees allocations based on pupil numbers from the previous year - as outdated.
Next year, Mr Quinn intends to keep the pupil to teacher ratio at 28:1 in primary and 19:1 at second-level schools, but plans to address the problem include attempts to identify areas where a dramatic increase in enrolments may be on the cards.
He said: "If a school can indicate that they're going to have a problem with a massive increase, relatively speaking, then we'll try and make sure that they have a teacher allocated sooner."
Written by Donal Walsh