Funding for Special Education must be prioritised

Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said that resources for children with Special Needs must be prioritised within the education budget.

 “At a time of huge demand on Limited Resources, we need to ensure that children with Special Needs are a priority. Providing additional resources to support these children in their early years can make a huge difference to their lives.”

“There is an absolute need to build on the progress made in providing much needed support for children with Special Needs in both primary and port-primary Schools. The last decade has quite rightly seen dramatic improvements in the level and quality of supports for Children with Special Needs. Today, there are over 10,000 Special Needs Assistants working in our Schools, compared to 250 in 1997.”

“Fine Gael and Labour made very firm election commitment in relation to protecting Special Education Services. I am asking them to honour these promises.”

“It is up to this Government to build on the significant progress in the past and continue to focus on supporting children with Special Needs within the budget provided to the Department of Education.”

Posted: Jul 14, 2011     |     Categories: Uncategorized