Fate of small schools in doubt after value for money report

The viability of more than 600 small schools will be thrown into doubt by a new report to be published in the coming weeks, The Sunday Business Post has learned.

30th March, 2013
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn: said there was no evidence smaller schools were better. Photo: Tony O'Shea

The viability of more than 600 small schools will be thrown into doubt by a new report to be published in the coming weeks, The Sunday Business Post has learned.

The report recommends that primary schools should have four teachers and 80 pupils in order to balance numbers and quality outcomes. Currently there are 600 two-teacher schools with 50 pupils and hundreds more three-teacher schools, mainly in rural areas.

But any move to close large numbers of small rural...

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