We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

A banner held by a demonstrator against proposed cuts to teaching jobs in Deis schools last year. Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland
Budget 2013

Primary teachers warn against Budget cuts to disadvantaged schools

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says Ruairí Quinn must learn from the furore over last year’s cuts to Deis schools.

THE TRADE UNION representing primary school teachers has warned education minister Ruairí Quinn not to try and cut the resources of disadvantaged schools in December’s Budget – saying the minister should learn from previous attempts.

Noel Ward of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) said Quinn should heed the warnings of the last Budget, when he was forced to abandon proposed cuts to the number of teachers at designated disadvantaged ‘DEIS’ schools.

Quinn had proposed last year to remove ‘legacy’ posts – extra teaching jobs assigned to disadvantaged schools before the DEIS system, which ensures a lower teacher-pupil ratio, was introduced – but backed down after significant disquiet.

“Any attempt to revisit the cutting of designated schools in our poorest communities and in particular cutting early education in those schools this year will be strongly resisted by my union,” the INTO’s deputy general secretary said.

“If equality is truly a core value, the Minister will not go there,” he added, paying tribute to those who had campaigned to stop the proposed cuts last year.

In particular, Ward warned against possible cuts to the Early Start preschool programme, which he said had been identified as a potential operation to cut last year and which ‘remained on the menu’ for this December’s cuts.

Ward was speaking at a TASC conference on education reform in Croke Park, when he argued that the public services had been caused damage by a economic crisis brought about by a collapse in the private sector.

Read: Ruairí Quinn reverses 235 legacy post cuts from DEIS primary schools

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.