Written Answers. - Pupil/Teacher Ratios.

Jim Higgins

Question:

171 Mr. J. Higgins asked the Minister for Education if he will outline the number of multiple classes (details supplied) which are in the following pupil/teacher ratio category, (a) under 25/1, (b) between 25 and 30/1, (c) between 30 and 35/1, (d) between 35 and 40/1 and (e) over 40/1, for the latest available date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The information required by the Deputy is given in the following tabular form for the 1990-91 academic year. Data in brackets refer to the 1989-90 academic year.

Number of National School Classes (Ordinary) Classified by Grade Structure and Class Size 1990/91

Class Size

Grade Structure

0-19

20-29

30-39

40 and over

Total

Single Grade Class

203 (165)

2,407 (2,021)

6,683 (6,832)

385 (448)

9,678 (9,466)

Consecutive Grade Class

233 (189)

2,147 (1,964)

2,688 (2,990)

68 (117)

5,136 (5,260)

Multi-Grade Class

594 (565)

1,439 (1,463)

715 (739)

14 (34)

2,762 (2,801)

Total

1,030 (919)

5,993 (5,448)

10,086 (10,561)

467 (599)

17,576 (17,527)