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(Ireland) Ed. Minister approves 1,000 more aides "to meet the level of assessed demand"

May 18, 2018, (Ireland) Independent: Schools get 1,000 extra special needs assistants Nearly 1,000 new special needs assistants (SNAs) will be appointed this year. Education Minister Richard Bruton said that 800 additional special needs assistants will be allocated for the beginning of the next school year, with a further 140 expected to be allocated between September and December. The figures represent an increase of just over 7pc on last year to meet the level of assessed demand. It will bring to 15,000 the number of special needs assistants working in schools nationwide. A total of €524m is being invested in SNAs annually. When the new posts are introduced, some 36,000 pupils will be able to avail of the support. …

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