Additional SNA posts welcome

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has welcomed today’s cabinet decision to approve over 600 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September.

‘Today’s decision reflects the importance that this Government places on special needs education. It follows a review of the way resources are allocated and the next step is that the National Council for Special Education will provide details of the allocations.

‘This announcement follows on from an increase of 220 SNA posts last year. Of the new posts sanctioned today, over half will be to students in mainstream classes, while 45% are for students in special classes in mainstream schools. The new school year will see over 11,800 SNAs working in our schools, an increase of almost 12 percent since this Government took office.

‘In recent weeks I was contacted by many school principals who were concerned at the delay in the announcement of SNA posts, which made it difficult for school Principals and management as they couldn’t tell SNA staff members whether or not they would be returning to work in September. Today’s announcement is good news for school authorities, SNAs and the thousands of pupils all across the country whose educational achievements are assisted and encouraged by SNAs in a classroom setting.’