15 May 2006

Almost all Traveller children now attending primary school


15/05/2006 - 13:33:00

The Department of Education has reported significant progress in its efforts to get Traveller children into full-time education.

In a report published today, the department says almost all young Traveller children are now attending primary school, while the number attending secondary school has increased three-fold in the past eight years.

However, the report also says there is much progress still to be made, with just 50% attending secondary-school and just 10% of these going on to complete the Leaving Cert.

It also says Traveller children have relatively low abilities in reading and maths compared to the general population.

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