Government cutbacks to hit subject choice, say teachers

Government cutbacks to hit subject choice, say teachers

Secondary schools will this year be forced to reduce the choice of subjects because of Government cutbacks, a teacher's union claimed today.

The ASTI says as a result of the increase in the pupil-teacher ratio, schools will lose an average of two teachers each next September and this will force them to drop some subjects.

Meanwhile, the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) is warning that classroom activities will be severely hampered in disadvantaged communities in the next school year due to a shortage of school books among students.

General secretary of the ASTI, John White, said schools will be forced to make cutbacks if they lose teachers, and students will suffer.

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