Kildare South TD Fiona O’Loughlin says demand for a new secondary school in Kildare South has never been greater.
Deputy O’Loughlin pointed out that strong population growth is expected in the Newbridge and Kilcullen area, with the number of school going children expected to rise rapidly in the years ahead.
“South Kildare Educate Together have been campaigning for a number of years now to bring a new secondary school to our locality. I am happy to support the campaign and last summer I brought a group of campaigners to meet Education Minister Richard Bruton to allow them press their case for a new school,” said Deputy O’Loughlin.
“There will be massive population growth in the Newbridge / Kilcullen area over the coming years. A new secondary school is needed to alleviate the growing pressure on school places in South Kildare. The failure to develop a new secondary school will inevitably lead to a massive increase in class sizes in the years ahead.
“The development of a new secondary school will also give parents more choice when it comes to deciding what school to send their children to."
According to Deputty O'Loughlin the recent Irish Times ranking on feeder schools demonstrates that more investment in publicly funded secondary schools is needed to close the gap between fee paying schools and state run schools.
“Fee paying schools currently dominate the top of the league tables for the number of students that progress to third level. State run schools have begun to close the gap, but sustained investment is needed to ensure we achieve proper equality in our education system. It’s important that we achieve equality of opportunity for all students irrespective of their background or financial means," she added,
“South Kildare faces significant challenges in our education system in the years ahead due to continued population growth. It’s important that we make the necessary investment in our education system now to ensure we can meet growing demand. This is something which top of my agenda and I will continue to pursue the matter with Minister Bruton."