Thousands of local primary school pupils in ‘supersize’ classes

The learning potential of children in Carlow and Kilkenny primary schools is being compromised by overcrowded classes.

That’s according to the I-N-T-O who are calling for the government to commit to reducing class sizes in the upcoming budget.

More than 7,000 pupils in Carlow and 9,700 in Kilkenny are in classes of twenty or more with a combined figure of over 5,000 in rooms with 30 or more children across the two counties.

Speaking to KCLR News local INTO representative and principal of St Pat’s De La Salle, Joe McKeown says that Irish classes are the most crowded in the Eurozone.