Back to school season is upon us and many issues have been highlighted surrounding our education system.


The staggering cost of sending your child to school, the stress exams cause and school contribution fees have all hit the headlines in recent weeks.


Today, the ASTI has expressed their concerns about the overcrowding issue affecting many schools across Ireland.



They believe children struggle to learn in crowded classrooms.


Moira Layden of the ASTI stated that this is one of the education system’s biggest issues. The government need to focus on amending it before it escalates even further.



“We all talk about active learning, putting students in groups around a table, getting them to correct each other's homework, getting them to talk each other through a problem if one doesn't understand it and the other does. You can't do that when you have a classroom that's full,” she commented.


The Joint Oureachtas Committee on Education and Skills are set to hold a two day meeting where they will examine the numerous problems in the education system.



As well as overcrowding in classrooms, they will focus on the extravagant cost of sending a child to school. It was released earlier in the summer that it costs parents an average of €1,236 to send a child to secondary school, followed by an average of €600 for non-fee paying primary schools.


The ASTI is urging the government to look at these ongoing issues for the sake of children’s education.




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