29th April 2014
I am delighted to hear that the Department of Education will allocate an extra Junior Infants teacher to Kilcoole Primary to address a shortfall of places for September 2014.
Kilcoole has two classrooms of thirty children planned for September 2014. In addition, there are 27 children on the waiting list that wouldn’t have got a place for September. However, Kilcoole Primary School does have an extra classroom that could house those 27 children on the waiting list. Thankfully, the Department of Education has seen sense and reversed an earlier decision not to sanction an extra teacher for Kilcoole.
Last year, Stephen Donnelly and I held a large public meeting where we heard from hundreds of parents from Greystones, Delgany and Kilcoole whose children were not getting a junior infants place. While the Department worked with schools last year and increased the number of junior classes available, we are seeing similar problems this year where parents are not guaranteed a school place. I am delighted that the Department is finally recognising the needs of North Wicklow children and families and addressing them. “