Review of teacher allocation process urgently needed

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A review of how teachers are allocated to smaller schools is urgently needed, according to East Galway TD Paul Connaughton.
Deputy Connaughton this week cited the case of Donaghpatrick NS, Caherlistrane, which up to one month ago had sufficient pupil numbers to necessitate the employment of an additional teacher at the school. ‘In recent weeks one family whose children were attending the school, had to leave the area and now two large classes may have to be taught together because a developmental post attached to the school will end in coming weeks.
‘The ending of this post will have a negative effect on both teachers and pupils in the school and when the academic year of 2015/2016 gets underway, the school will once again merit an additional post, so this post will only be lost for eight months, but that is of little solace to the pupils, teachers and parents in the meantime.
‘It makes no sense to remove a developmental post and then reinstate it months later. This is a cause of great concern for parents and I hope that the Minister and the Department can show some flexibility in this case. We need to review how teaching posts are allocated to smaller schools and this is a matter that I hope to raise with the Minister in the Dáil this week.’