Some 16 extra Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) will be allocated to Laois schools in September, according to Laois TD and Minister for Justice & Equality,Charlie Flanagan.
This will bring the total number of SNAs to 222 in the County.
Minister Flanagan said the aim of this Government is to ensure that children with special educational needs can be supported to fully participate in schools and fulfil their potential.
“Special Needs Assistants play a key role in ensuring this and I would like to firstly take this opportunity to pay credit to the fantastic work that they do in schools across Laois.
“Today’s announcement will ensure every child who needs SNA support in Laois will receive it," he said.
Following on from today’s allocation, a total of 15,000 Special Needs Assistants working in Irish schools.
“This increased investment reflects the priority which the Government has put on helping children with special educational needs to fulfil their potential.
“It also reflects the growing participation of children with Special educational Needs in the Education System and the capacity of our Education system to better support their full participation and progression.
“In July 2017, the Government, gave a commitment that funding for SNA posts would be dealt with as part of the normal Estimates process, meaning that schools would be informed of their allocation for the beginning of the next school year before the end of May 2018.
Minister Flanagan said the announcement honours that commitment and will make a real difference to schools and SNAs in planning for the year ahead. It is also expected that a further allocation will be announced during the first term of the new school year.