No new special needs classes for children in Kildare or Newbridge

Campaign group outraged

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Niamh O'Donoghue

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niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

No new special needs classes for children in Kildare or Newbridge

The government has ignored the education needs of children living in the Newbridge/Kildare area yet again, according to the South Kildare Educate Together Second Level school campaign (SKET).

The group said it has learned the Department of Education does not plan to provide any additional special education classes in either town.

Campaigners said the plans will include two classes for St Farnham's Prosperous, two for Ardscoil Trionoide Athy, two for Athy Community College and two for CPC Kilcullen but none for any school in Newbridge or Kildare Town. 

Campaign Chairperson Elizabeth Bartholomew said “There is unfortunately a bad pattern emerging here. The Department of Education is not providing a single additional class to the area with the biggest population and the greatest demand for special needs education.”

“We know that the Department is ignoring the clear demand and need for a new second level school in this area. We know the Department is ignoring the right of families to choose the ethos of any new second level school. 

“Now we have learned that the Department is ignoring children with special needs in the area. There is a bad pattern to this and I am calling on all parents and interested parties to push back on the Department’s entire approach to education provision in this area”.