GOV EDUCATION SPEND WILL NOT TACKLE KEY ISSUES – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue TD says Government proposals to fund 1,000 extra teachers will do nothing to improve the rising class sizes in our schools.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to media reports at the weekend, Minister Jan O’Sullivan will be allocated funds to recruit more teachers, but the additional posts will not address the increasing pupil-teacher ratios.Deputy McConalogue said that while the move to appoint more teachers is welcome, the Government’s plan is utterly insufficient. “These additional posts, which will be shared out between primary and secondary schools will fail to have any impact on class sizes. The number of students attending school has increased and the allocation of these teachers will only maintain the status quo.“Fianna Fáil has taken a far more targeted approach in addressing the problem in our pre-Budget submission. We aim to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio from 28:1 to 27:1 across the board at primary level. There are too many over-crowded primary school classes and while we acknowledge that the problem cannot be fixed overnight, there needs to be a concerted effort to begin the process of improvement in this budget. By focusing additional teaching resources at primary level we ensure the best possible start for our children.”The Inishowen Deputy said that not only is my party committed to reducing class sizes, they want to go further.“We’re proposing to increase resource teaching hours and provide more guidance counsellors. This Government has eroded many of the positive advances that had been made in education by previous administrations. Former Minister Ruairi Quinn’s brought in a number of regressive measures over the past three budgets, including cuts to guidance counsellors and small primary schools. “Minister Jan O’Sullivan must deviate from the punitive measures implemented by her predecessor and ensure that education is made a priority for this Government. Fianna Fáil has a proud tradition of emphasising education spending, and the Fine Gael-Labour coalition needs to adopt a policy which realises the importance and value of education funding”.GOV EDUCATION SPEND WILL NOT TACKLE KEY ISSUES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalGovernmentteacherslast_img read more


Master conductor Richard Egarr will return to HH

first_imgMaster conductor Richard Egarr will return to H+H for these performances, bringing his ability to create an engaging and electric experience. He’ll be joined by Robert Levin on the fortepiano. Levin combines a mastery of the classical style and a flair for improvisation, a performance practice expressed in the time of the composers, assuring a powerful and moving immediacy.“Returning to lead the Handel and Haydn Society is a real highlight of this season for me”, said Richard Egarr. “The Emperor Concerto with Robert will be a huge pleasure. The piece is full of grandeur and poetry – it’s truly one of the most beloved and profound piano concertos. Schubert’s Great Symphony is powerful and majestic, in many ways prefiguring Bruckner. This will be H+H’s first performance of the Great Symphony since 1865. We look forward to creating a bit of magic in Symphony Hall.”Tickets for individual performances or season subscriptions may be purchased by calling 617.266.3605, visiting handelandhaydn.org or in person at 9 Harcourt Street in Boston (M-F 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Student and group discounts are also available. The Handel and Haydn Society continues its 2018-19 Season with a concert featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s celebrated masterpiece, Piano Concerto No. 5, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto, as well as Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, known as the GreatSymphony. Performances will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Symphony Hall in Boston.“Experiencing Beethoven’s epic Emperor Concerto and Schubert’s Great Symphony played with H+H’s expert virtuosity is a revelation,” said David Snead, President and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society. “It’s as though 200 years of dust have been blown away to reveal their original power, passion, and beauty. We will be performing these works on the period instruments for which they were composed, transporting us all to the original visions of Beethoven and Schubert.”*Advertisement*last_img read more