SNAs left in the dark about cuts at Dublin schools – McAuliffe

Many SNAs still waiting to find out if they have a job to come back to in September

Special Needs Assistants at some schools in Dublin are still waiting to find out if they will have a job to go back to in September, according to Fianna Fáil Councillor Paul McAuliffe.

Cllr McAuliffe claims that there has been a significant delay in informing SNAs that they will soon be out of job due to changes to the number pupils with special needs at certain schools.  It means that many SNAs are now heading into the summer with no idea whether or not they will be back in September.

The Dublin North West Councillor explained, “The Special Needs Assistants at my local school, Sacred Heart BNS in Ballygall, are beginning their summer holidays this week completely in the dark about their jobs. It is a very distressing situation for them and they are now left with no certainty whatsoever about their future.

“Usually, SNAs are informed well in advance of the end of the school year if there are changes in the numbers required in each school that will mean they are out of work come September.  At least this way, they know where they stand before the summer break, they have time to make arrangements and they can apply for posts in other schools.  It is completely unacceptable that the school year ends this week and many SNAs and parents of children with special needs are now facing a situation where they get a call in the middle of the summer to say they are suddenly out of a job.

“I am concerned that there is a more sinister reason behind this delay.  Why is it that the Minister for Education has not got around to coming clean with these SNAs? Is there a problem with the Budget for the necessary SNA allocation?  Are there more sneaky cuts coming down the line?

“This is happening in many schools across Dublin.  It’s time for Minister Jan O’Sullivan to come clean, explain the reason for this delay and start being upfront with the SNAs in question.”

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