A sixth of Mayo’s 14,000 primary school pupils are in classes of thirty or more, newly released figures show, and a further three quarters of the pupils in the county are in classes greater than the EU average.
The figures figures published yesterday (Monday) show that three quarters of pupils in Mayo schools are in classes of twenty or more, while 16 percent are in classes of more than 30 children. The figures are the latest available official figures on Irish class sizes.
The general secretary of the INTO Sheila Nunan described the figures as ‘shocking’ and said the Government was not tackling the problem of overcrowded classes which was getting worse particularly in urban areas and commuter counties.
The INTO called the figures “a wake-up call for the parents of Mayo’s 14,000 primary school pupils” in advance of the next budget. In 2007, 15 per cent of pupils in Mayo were in classes of more than thirty. Today that figure has risen to 16.1 per cent.