Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/01/2011. Tags: Primary School News Teachers News
Small primary schools in Ireland could be shut in an attempt to save the government money.
The Irish Independent has reported that some of the country's two-teacher
facilities will be looked at as part of the Department of Education's value-for-money review.
There are 570 of these rural schools in the Irish education system
, according to documents obtained by the Irish Independent under the Freedom of Information Act, making up one-sixth of the country's primary facilities, despite some having only seven pupils.
As well as only a few children attending these schools, they are also located near to other larger establishments, which is forcing the government to review the monetary value in keeping them open.
While the department has said it does not plan on carrying out a large-scale programme of school closures at the moment, many of the two-teacher facilities receive more than 30,000 euros a year in grants, costing the government more than 20 million euros a year.
Earlier this month, the Irish Times revealed that a draft report released by senior Department of Education officials has called for primary schools to share sites to be part of a "campus development", in an attempt to reduce the number of small schools in the nation.
Written by Donal Walsh