Thomas Pringle TD

No Donegal school considered for new School Excellence Fund despite high levels of deprivation – Pringle

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Nov 13th, 2017

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Deputy Pringle was responding to Minister for Education’s launch of the School Excellence Fund in Dublin today which will see nearly €2 million given to a total of 35 DEIS schools across the Country.

The Fund aims to support DEIS schools to help those children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds stay in school. Money from the fund will go to pilot new, innovative solutions to tackle educational disadvantage and improve learning outcomes for a period of 3 years.

However, Deputy Pringle has expressed dismay at the fact that no DEIS school from Donegal was considered for pilot funding from the School Excellence Fund.

“I think it is disgraceful that the Minister would over look DEIS schools in Donegal especially considering the fact that a recent POBAL Index report found high deprivation levels in Donegal.

“Extra funding for a DEIS school in Donegal would help children from disadvantaged backgrounds remain in school and see out their full potential. DEIS schools were considered across Dublin, Wexford, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick yet the Minister today has turned a blind eye to children in Donegal which I find this completely unacceptable.

“I will be confronting the Minister on this issue and find out why once again Donegal has been ignored in yet another national programme. Decisions like these only further foster disadvantage in Donegal and I aim to make a point of that to the Minister in due course” concludes Pringle.

 

 

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