27 new SNA posts announced for Kerry

A number of Kerry schools are to benefit from the announcement of 610 new special needs assistant posts across the country this September. Jan O'Sullivan, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning The allocation includes approximately 25 SNA posts for mainstream primary and post primary schools in Kerry and a further 2 posts for special schools in the county. The announcement has been welcomed by Minister Jimmy Deenihan, Deputies Arthur Spring and Brendan Griffin and Senator Marie Moloney. In Kerry schools such as Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Castleisland, St Oliver’s National School, Killarney and Colaiste Gleann Li, Tralee will benefit. From September of this year, there will be 11,820 full-time SNA posts available in primary and post-primary schools. Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan says this is an 11.7% increase since this Government came to office. Approximately 55% of the additional posts will be provided to support students in mainstream classes while 45% of posts will serve students in special classes in mainstream schools or in special schools. The additional allocation follows a significant increase in assessed need. Minister O’Sullivan also announced that a review of the SNA scheme will be carried out to ensure that it is meeting its objectives and that best use is being made of the resources allocated.