January 18, 2021

‘Students have been very poorly treated’ – Greens highlight plight of Wicklow Educate Together school

Children attending the Wicklow Educate Together secondary school in Bray are being denied access to a suitable facilities and a proper education because of Government inaction, the Green Party has said.

Green deputy leader Catherine Martin and local partycouncillors Steven Matthews and Lourda Scott met with the North Wicklow Educate Together in Bray this week to discuss the lack of progress and co-operation from the Department of Education in delivering their new school.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Matthews said: “The students, parents and staff of North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School have been very poorly treated by the Department of Education and their progress in delivering the new school has been slow and frustrating. I have written to the last two Ministers for Education on several occasions to request better communication and support and urgency in delivering their commitment to construct a new school for Educate Together.

“The current school location is temporary and the facilities are not suitable and are denying the students access to the full range of education opportunities that Educate Together can and want to provide.”

Councillor Scott said the school’s valuable ASD unit for children with autism is currently full, adding: “Families in the area with children with autism are desperate for more educational support and unfortunately cannot be accommodated until this issue is resolved.”

Deputy Martin added: “I recently met with the minister to demand action on their 2016 commitment to construct the new school, to finalise design plans and proceed to a planning application to Wicklow County Council. We are waiting for a response.”

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