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Dublin schools angry, refute minister's claims

Khalid Umar Malik
28 Jun 2022, 06:11 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Four Dublin primary schools have reacted angrily after the Department of Education publicly named them as schools unwilling to open classes for children with special educational needs.

They claimed that comments about them on RT's Saturday with Katie Hannon by Minister of State for Special Education Josepha Madigan were "not true."

Ms. Madigan stated that the decision to name the schools was made because they were "not engaging in any way" with the department and were "merely ignoring correspondence."

The four schools stated that the minister's false claims had been misrepresented.

All four schools have detailed emails and phone calls to and from the Department of Education up until last Thursday, expressing great upset and anger.

On Wednesday, one school claims to have facilitated a site meeting with Department inspectors.

The schools stated that they do not have the necessary facilities to open a class for children with special needs in September or that they are concerned about a lack of proper resourcing.

On Saturday, teachers and principals chastised the government for naming four schools that the Department of Education claims fail to provide spaces for children with special needs.

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