Adjournment Debate, 17th Feb 2009
The Minister made great play last week of the fact that many of the classes in affected schools did not have nine pupils. That may be the case, but in many parts of Ireland, including County Cork and Cork city, there are schools with pupils on waiting lists for an assessment of current functioning and an assessment of current needs and without a statement of need forthcoming. The Government is doing a disservice to a marginalised, hidden and silent group.
If the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, were at full complement, these assessments could have been conducted, pupils’ needs could have been identified and classes could have been saved. It is disgraceful and shameful that after 12 years, NEPS still does not have a full complement of staff. Why is this the case?