Ireland: Classes for non-English speaking students cut

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Jun 19 14:02:30 UTC 2008

Classes for non-English speaking students cut


Irish Examiner Page 6

Thousands of non-English speaking students are to be left without
language support services after the Department of Education cut
funding for Integrate Ireland Language and Training (IILT) and its
outreach services. The organisation which offers support to pupils in
4,500 schools is to close on july 31 with the loss of 42 jobs between
its head office in Ballsbridge and its outreach centres.

We have no idea where these essential services are going to come from now

said Chris Rowland, the union's education branch organiser.

She described the cutback as outrageous, given that only last year
Minister Conor Lenihan launched a language policy campaign for
immigrants to promote integration.

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