Inishowen schools to lose teachers

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Two Inishowen schools are set to lose a teacher in September, the Journal has learnt.

It’s been confirmed schools in Moville and Malin are both set to lose at least one teacher becaise of government cut backs.

In total 16 schools in Donegal wil lose teachers.

The schools affected in Inishowen are Gaelscoil Chois Feachaill in Moville and Scoil Cholmcille in Malin.

Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said this is the first concrete evidence of how the Government’s anti-rural education policy will hit schools in Co Donegal.

“What we are seeing is the first phase of this Government’s attempts to force the closure of a number of small rural schools across the country, and particularly in the West,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.

“The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has targeted the West of Ireland for the bulk of the teacher cuts this year. A total of 46 schools in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway and Roscommon will lose at least one teacher this coming September. And this is just the beginning. Minister Quinn is embarking on a three-year programme to slash 250 teaching posts across rural Ireland. In all, I have calculated that 101 of Donegal’s primary schools face staff losses and larger classes in September 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“This is a deeply flawed policy that unfairly targets rural communities. There is no doubt that the end game is to force the amalgamation of small schools, resulting in some rural communities losing their local school altogether. These cuts are based on pupil numbers alone, with absolutely no consideration of a school’s ethos, the geography of a particular area or the impact on the community of removing such a key amenity.

“This is about much more than education policy; it’s about preserving smaller communities in rural Ireland. Schools are at the heart of so many communities in Donegal and across the West. Many of these communities have already suffered cuts to other local amenities like their garda stations and post offices. The social and economic consequences to them losing their local schools at this time would be huge.”