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    Rural Schools

    As thousands of pupils return to school this week, some schools will be missing a teacher.  It all depends on their pupil numbers and the loss of a teacher when those numbers dip is felt most keenly in our smaller rural schools.  In Caherdane National School in the Parish of Allihies in West Cork, a dip in their numbers has meant a drop from three teachers to just two.  So how will this affect them?  Valerie Cox has been to the Beara Penninsula to meet teachers and parents and Sean spoke with Sheila Nunan, INTO General Secretary.


    The classroom space that most of us leave behind at adulthood to venture out into the greater world. But there of course many who return through the school gates day in, day out, to pass their working lives as teachers. Educators hold a special place in society – and rightly so – as they encourage and nurture young learning. But this morning we are going to focus on some of the common complaints that are made about teachers - their long holidays, their short working days - and the inability of some of them to do the job they are ...

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