Scoil Náisúinta Bhríde could have less than a handful of students enrolled by September

Scoil Náisúinta Bhríde could have less than a handful of students enrolled by September

Scoil Náisúinta Bhríde in Faughart could have just three pupils enrolled in it when school returns next month.

It was revealed at a meeting of the school’s parents’ association last night that parents of 50 pupils intend to enrol their children elsewhere for the forthcoming academic year.

This follows an ongoing row with the school over its management and teaching standards dating back to 2011. Before the summer holidays a number of demonstrations were held while parents opted to boycott one day of class each week by not sending their children into classes.

The number of pupils at the school has dropped from over 100 in June 2011 to only 53 currently.

Despite a new school manager being appointed recently, Chair of the Parents’ Association, Fiona O’Donnell, told LMFM News that the parents felt they had “no choice” but to transfer their children to other schools.

She said: “We are left with no choice but to move from the school that we’ve loved and supported for years. Some of the children in the school, their parents and their grandparents have been educated there but the end result is that less than a handful of children will be returning to the school in September and ultimately the school will not be viable.”

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