Hundreds of national school teachers are protesting outside the gates of the Department of Education.
They’re calling for class sizes to be protected in the upcoming budget.
With less than two weeks to budget day, teachers are saying NO TO LARGER CLASSES and they’re doing so at the Education Minister’s doorstep.
The average class size in Ireland is 24.7 – making it the second worst in the EU and these teachers explain why they can’t take anymore.
Over a quarter of primary school pupils in Ireland are in classes of 30 or more.
And Brendan O’Sullivan, President of the INTO, says it’s not sustainable.
Minister Ruairi Quinn may have up to €100m less to spend in 2014 and we’ll soon find out if that means class sizes will continue to swell.