‘We can’t have a school at every crossroads’

Malin priest urges people to be ‘realistic’

PAGE 2 Fr. Peter Devlin

An Inishowen parish priest has urged people to be realistic when it comes to the future of smaller schools in the peninsula, saying its important to focus on quality not numbers.

Speaking at a meeting in Carn called by local TD Charlie McConalogue to discuss the future of small schools on Monday night, Malin PP Fr. Peter Devlin (above) said it was not impossible to have “a school at every corner”.

The PP, who is also the head of the board of management in Scoil Eoghain in Moville and Clonmany NS, said he found it “a little disappointing” that people at the meeting were focusing on “numbers and money” rather than quality and asked if two teachers teaching an eight year syllabus was really the best option.

“Numbers and money is too narrow,” claimed Fr. Devlin. “We have to ask how we can guarantee the highest quality of education for the children. To me that raises the question whether it is realistic to have two teachers in a 50 pupil school delivering an eight year programme.”

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