Future of Bagenalstown’s vocational school discussed at Public Accounts Committee

The future of the vocational school in Bagenalstown has come under the spotlight at the Public Accounts Committee as it appears they’re set to lose up to four teachers.

Members of the local Education and Training Board were before the committee yesterday where their financial records were hailed as an example to be followed by other boards.

However, the question of the viability of Coláiste Andrew – which was formerly known as Muine Bheag Vocational School – was called into questoin.

Only 10 students enrolled this year and Carlow TD and PAC member Pat Deering questioned local ETB member Eileen Curtis about this.

She remained vague when asked the question of whether or not the secondary school would remain open if low enrollment figures continued.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive of the local ETB, Cynthia Deane, told the committee they do have other smaller schools around the two counties but they don’t plan on merging any of them at the moment.