Labour launch education plan, with reduction in class sizes planned

The party says it will also cut €500 off the student contribution

Labour launch education plan, with reduction in class sizes planned

Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan | Image via @labour on Twitter

Labour have launched their plan for education, promising to reduce class sizes to record lows.

They say they will reduce the average class sizes in primary school to just 20 students, while the secondary pupil-teacher ratio would fall to 17-to-1.

The party is also promising to cut €500 off the student contribution for third-level this year.

Five years ago the party promised not to increase student charges.

But minister Jan O'Sullivan insists her new promise is affordable.

Meanwhile, the Labour leader has failed to rule out forming a coalition with Fianna Fáil after the election.

Joan Burton says she is 'exclusively focused' on returning the coalition, but would not rule out other possibilities afterward.

But asked about working with Fianna Fáil if they had the numbers, Ms Burton did not rule the prospect out.

It is the 14th day of campaigning in the general election.

Fianna Fáil will promise a Cabinet minister for disability issues when it publishes a policy document, while Micheál Martin canvasses in Clare and Galway.

Ending welfare dependency and tackling long-term unemployment is Fine Gael's theme - Enda Kenny will be in Louth and Meath.

Sinn Féin focusses on the Moore Street national monument and Gerry Adams is in Cork.

The AAA/PBP will focus on Irish Water, and the Social Democrats will outline an anti-corruption policy.

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