ASTI responds to launch of National Literacy Plan

Friday 08 July 2011

Commenting on the launch today of the National Literacy plan by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn, ASTI General Secretary Pat King said:

“Literacy skills have a significant influence on a young person’s future life chances. The ASTI welcomes this focus on literacy. However, it is important to point out that quality learning requires a quality learning environment. The learning environment of schools is significantly affected by resources such as the number of teaching staff, access to specialist staff and the availability of educational resources including new technologies and reliable broadband connection.

“In this context, we are appealing to the Government not to impose further cuts on our under-resourced schools. Further cuts will militate against the effective delivery of the Minister’s literacy plan and on the delivery of a range of other plans, programmes, and projects which are currently being implemented in schools.”