Some Dublin schools resist special classes
Campaigners have expressed frustration that primary schools in parts of south Dublin are resisting attempts to set up special classes for children with autism.
The Department of Education yesterday published a list of 39 schools which will be compelled to set up special classes for more than 80 children with autism and other special needs who do not have a school place.
However, campaigners say the list includes only a handful of schools in postal districts such as Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 6W where, they say, there is an acute shortage.
The Involve Autism group said while it welcomed plans to compel schools to open special classes, many parents were upset that there will still be none in their area.
It said the process for identifying schools was flawed and questioned why some schools did not engage in the process and whether site visits were conducted to establish if schools had space for new classes.