Special needs education must be treated with the priority it deserves.
That’s the view of Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry John Brassil.
He was commenting following an order from the Education Minister Joe McHugh for six schools to open special classes to cater for children’s needs.
Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil says his party have been flagging the serious gap in school places for children with special needs for months; he says a motion brought by Fianna Fáil earlier this year to address the shortfalls in special needs education was unanimously accepted.
The Kerry TD says despite the school term starting, there are children who still don’t have a place.
He believes the issue goes further, claiming there are children who have been granted a school place but who have reduced timetables, which Deputy Brassil says is “deeply unfair”.
He says every child has a right to education, adding this attempt by Minister McHugh is deeply disingenuous as it comes too late for many families.
Deputy Brassil also believes the Minister has failed to allocate the necessary resources or training to enable the roll out of these classes.