Budget 2017 promises the provision of 2,400 new teacher posts across the primary and secondary school sector. With an additional 12,000 pupils expected to enrol in school next year, the new posts will help to address this increase. However, it will have no effect on current teacher-pupil ratios.
The addition of new Special Needs Assistants and Resource teacher posts will help to address some of the shortfalls in this area.
There have been no allowances made for the restoration of teacher pay cuts, neither has there been any increase to the capitation allowance, meaning that parents will yet again have to cover the shortfall through “voluntary contributions”.
Minister Brouton maintains it is a start to a long-term investment plan in education which will make Ireland’s education system one of the best in Europe.