Senator Denis O’Donovan and Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy will be chairing a meeting in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, on the 29th January. The meeting will begin at 8pm and guest speakers will include Mr. Charlie McConalogue T.D., Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Mr. Sean McMahon, Incoming President of the INTO and Ms. Margaret Peters of the West Cork Community Alliance.
The aim of the meeting is to address the funding crisis in our Primary Schools and to highlight the importance of saving our local schools.
Small rural schools across West Cork are under threat as a result of cuts introduced by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn. Once again, West Cork is facing a disproportionate level of cuts.
Some schools could face closure or forced amalgamation and all schools are facing severe cuts to resources. This is being done without any consideration of the school’s role in the community, its geographical location or its ethos.
Repeated cuts to capitation rates coupled with the massive increases in the cost of light, heat and water rates are threatening the financial viability of some schools.
School Boards throughout the country are now turning to their Parents Associations to help them find the necessary funding to keep their schools afloat which is an unacceptable situation as parents across the country are already finding things difficult without having to find the money to pay for the running costs of their child’s school. Furthermore, the selectivity of the recently announced School Book Grant is unfair and it discriminates against Schools that are already efficient and prudent and have worked hard to put their own systems in place.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting as the further loss of local schools will impact the entire community.