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Education statistics published by the department last week showed that 1,351 primary schools over two in five of all 3,286 in the country have less than 100 pupils while 600 have less than 50.
not acceptable that you dilly dally around, considering or not considering a report while that type of situation pertains in our primary schools, he said.
Mr Quinn repeatedly told opposition TDs that he wanted to publish the report but it was understood Coalition tensions over the action to be taken on foot of its recommendations are behind the delay.
to their favourable staffing levels under Mr Quinn education budgets.
It is believed to include options to shut some of the smallest schools, a divisive matter between Fine Gael and Labour ministers.
A delay of 18 months in the Government publishing a report on the future of smaller primary schools has been criticised in the D Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is to be replaced in the Cabinet reshuffle, the value for money review by his department has been under consideration since early last year.
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report contains much detailed technical data in relation to the small schools in the primary sector and also contains a suite of recommendations and options, he said.
Mr McConalogue, however, said small schools around the country have been subject to very significant cuts to teacher numbers and funding while the minister and the department have been sitting on the report for a year and a half.
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He was responding to Minister of State Se Sherlock who told the D yesterday that he could not give a precise publication date, only saying it would be published as soon Nike Kyrie Duke
Mr Sherlock said many issues have to be considered, such as diversity of provision in an area, ethos of schools, language of instruction, school transport costs and the location of small schools relative to each other.
Mr McConalogue said many schools are uncertain if they will be able to operate in the next two to three years.
as his Government colleagues had finalised their considerations of the report and its recommendations.
But Fianna F education spokesman Charlie McConalogue said that it was unacceptable that hundreds of schools likely to be affected by its recommendations continue to face uncertainty without any debate on the issue.
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