A total of 27 teachers were taken from traveler children in 18 schools, and 74% of principals have reported an increase in the challenges facing traveler children, with another 16% predicting issues arising in the near future.
According to the survey, the cutbacks are having a devastating impact on pupils with special needs. Nine out of 10 principals say they’ve already witnessed increased challenges for children with special education needs in their schools, while the other 10% are predicting challenges ahead.
In the survey, 70% of the principals stated monetary cutbacks imposed to date had affected their ability to cater for students, and many expect conditions in disadvantaged schools to get worse.
Some 45% say discipline issues will rise and a further 30% expect more problems in the future. Thirty percent also report rising attendance issues, with another 30% predicting the problem to increase.
The union warns that if current trends highlighted in the survey continue, the cost to the state will be felt for many years into the future.
“Children from areas of socio-economic disadvantage must be given the opportunities to participate fully in the education system,” an INTO spokesperson said.
“Cutbacks are already threatening their already limited choices. In order to avoid any future fallout at the ballot box, political decisions have been made which attack the most vulnerable minorities in our society.
“Accordingly, the potential for these children to turn to truancy and crime is increasing.
“Unfortunately, history shows that these children are then more likely to enter the judicial system earlier and end up spending time in our prisons.”
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Get Out of Galway
A CITY councilor has called for the immediate removal of the Occupy Galway protestors from Eyre Square.
Councilor Mike Crowe called on the Gardai and Council to move them on, saying they have created a terrible eyesore in a city focal point.
“Camping in the manner they have been in Eyre Square is not on. I’ve complained to the City Council and to the Gardai. They’ve made their point, and they have some valid points, but it’s past time for them to go,” said Crowe.
A spokesperson for the City Council said, “The people currently in position on the plaza in Eyre Square are there without the permission of the City Council. We are liaising with the Gardai.”
Crowe said the situation would only worsen coming into the Bank Holiday Weekend. “They’ve created an eyesore in the city coming into a Bank Holiday Weekend, and it looks awful.
“They’re a target for thugs on Halloween night, and the crowd has gotten bigger as the week goes on.
They’re a blight on the Square.
“There are significant ratepayers around Eyre Square who are fighting to keep their businesses open, and these individuals are hampering their cause.
“If people park their car illegally, they’d be fined. If people dumped illegally, they’d be fined. These people shouldn’t be treated any differently to any other citizens. The law has to be applied equally to everybody.
“This has to come to an end. We respect their point of view, but society should not treat them any differently,” said Crowe.
The Galway branch of the global Occupy protest movement now has around 30 protestors camping out in almost 20 tents on the Square.
Galway City Tribune