Ms Griffin said given the increase in numbers of children who have special needs, the announcement represented a serious cutback in resource support, which will have long term adverse implications for children who have Down syndrome.
“A 25% cutback in resource hours is a huge policy failure that will impact on literacy levels all over the country, not to mention integration of children with special needs. These cuts are utterly unacceptable. The Minister for Education is reneging on his promises to ring fence all services for people with intellectual disabilities.
Though staff numbers are not being reduced, pupil numbers have increased by approximately 10%, so in real terms resources have been cut by a further 10%, following a 15% cut last year. The Government is refusing to honour its commitment to adequately support children with special educational needs in mainstream education. We are appalled by this announcement and once again the most vulnerable people in our society are suffering."