Joe Carey TD with principal Ray McInerney during a visit to Ennis National School. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan Photography.

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CLARE schools are set to benefit from the lowest pupil teacher ratio ever, according to Fine Gael TD Joe Carey.

Responding to Tuesday’s budget, Mr Carey said additional SNAs will ensure extra supports for local children who need them most.

“I am delighted that children here in Care will benefit from the lowest pupil teacher ratio ever of 26:1, ensuring better opportunities and a fairer chance for all children in classrooms across our local community.

“Fine Gael is also committed to ensuring that children with special educational needs are given the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he added.

The Government is investing over €1.7bn for special education needs in the coming year, which means that over 1,000 additional Special Needs Assistants can be recruited in time for September 2018.

“This will ensure extra support for children who need it most, ensuring they have a fair chance and the best opportunities,” Mr Carey said.

2018 will also bring 230 new teachers to special classes and special schools and 100 new Special Education teachers.

“Ensuring the wellbeing of students is a key priority of government. The equivalent of 100 additional guidance posts will be provided next September and ten new NEPS psychologists will also be hired,” Mr Carey added.

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