Permanent classrooms to
replace prefabs in 18 Cork schools - BARRY
Fine Gael Cork East TD Tom Barry, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, that 18 schools in Cork will have their prefabs replaced with permanent classrooms.
This is part of a national announcement which will see more than 91 schools around the country replace prefabs with permanent classrooms. This week’s announcement follows on from the provision of funding in March for the building of classrooms in 77 schools.
The schools in Cork lined up to benefit from the additional funding include Ballygiblin National School, Scoil Mhuire in Ballyhooly, Grange N.S. in Fermoy, Scoil Eoin in Inishannon, St Joseph’s National School in Fermoy, Presentation Secondary School in Mitchelstown, Bishop Ahern National School in Leamlara, Dromahane National School and Scoil Ghobnatain in Mallow.
“I believe that this will improve the quality of learning and education in these schools. The phasing out of prefabs in our schools was a commitment made in the Programme for Government. Approximately 6,000 students around the country will move from prefabs into permanent classrooms and resource rooms and I am delighted to see that students in Cork East will now be benefitting from this initiative.
“For too long prefabs were chosen instead of building permanent classrooms in order to address the shortage of accommodation in our schools. There are many disadvantages to prefabs including rental and heating costs, not to mention the quality of the accommodation.
“This investment by the Government will result in the creation of an estimated 700
direct and 140 indirect jobs across the country. The scheme will result in savings of approximately €5 million per annum on the rental of prefabs in these schools in coming years. The Government will spend €430 million on education infrastructure in 2012. While we are constrained by our ongoing economic challenges, education remains a top priority for this Government, as does ensuring that the children of Cork are taught in a more appropriate setting.