Monday, March 21, 2005


Irish Primary Classes 'Second Highest' in Europe

The average size of Irish primary school classes is the second highest in Europe, according to figures compiled by the Irish National Teacher's Organisation.

The organisation said there was an average of 24 pupils in each Irish primary school class, compared to just 17 in Greece and 15 in Luxembourg.

The INTO said the figures showed the Government had alot of work to do to meet its commitment to reduce average class size to 20.

It is important that the Government meets its commitment to reduce the average class size to 20.I must have had close to thirty kids in my primary class, though the number in my secondary school classes was alot lower.Smaller classes means more time for teachers to focus on the kids and to develop their abilities and personalities. Sort it out, Mary Hanafin!


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