13th February 2017
Fine Gael Senator, Jerry Buttimer, has said that Cork children will benefit from Fine Gael’s plan to tackle educational disadvantage. The plan was launched today by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.
“The new DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) plan is going to ensure that every child in Cork is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential regardless of their circumstances.
“The plan is a central plank of Minister Bruton’s Action Plan for Education, which is designed to ensure that Ireland has the best education service in Europe within the decade.
“Fine Gael is investing in education because, as Minister Bruton has said, education has a unique capacity to break down cycles of disadvantage. Fine Gael in Government is focused on maintaining the economic progress we have made and using it to build a fair and compassionate society. This means investing in educational opportunity for all children in Cork.
The latest post primary school to receive DEIS status is Presentation Secondary School, Balllyphehane.
“This school will benefit from all of the resources and extra supports that come with the DEIS scheme, like additional NEPS provision, priority professional development provision and book rental schemes for example.
“Some schools that already have DEIS status are moving from DEIS Band 2 to DEIS Band 1, meaning they will benefit from additional resources. These schools are Realt na Maidine and Scoil Maria Assumpta both in Ballyphehane.
“The DEIS plan has three central aims which will be of benefit to students here in Cork: to further improve literacy and numeracy; to improve school completion rates; and to improve progression to further and higher education.
“The plan contains over 100 targeted actions to achieve these three aims and is based on international best practise. The plan will be implemented in September in time for Cork children to benefit from it in the new school year.”