News that the number of SNAs in schools will increase during the next school year is to be welcomed according to local TD Alan Kelly, Minister for Public & Commuter Transport.
Mr. Kelly stated that the principle of providing every eligible child with SNA support was at the heart of what Labour was achieving in government.
“This allocation confirms that commitment, despite the difficulty in resources”.
“Not only will SNA allocations for the coming school year hold steady, but they will actually increase on last year’s figures”.
“More than 10,900 SNAs will be allocated, in comparison to 10,492 in 2013. This is extremely positive news given the continued pressure on the public finances”, the Minister stated.
“Nearly a third of schools – 29 per cent - will see an increase in their SNA support, while over half, or 51 per cent, will see their current SNA allocation maintained”, Mr. Kelly added.