80% of Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or fewer

charlieIt is estimated around 80 per-cent of the Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or less.

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection will meet today to consider pupil/teacher ratios in small Gaeltacht schools today.

There are worries among communities that these schools are particularly vulnerable to changes in the pupil-teacher ratio's which were announced in the 2012 budget.

Committee member and Fianna Fail's Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalouge is calling on the Education Minister to ensure no further cut-backs to small schools:

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