Ireland ready to include 41,000 Ukrainian students in its education system

The Irish government has estimated that over 41,000 new students from Ukraine will be able to be accommodated in the Irish education system if needed.

In a statement issued on May 3, the European Commission announced that there are now almost 25,000 places available at primary level for children fleeing war in Ukraine, reports

Meanwhile, education officials say that although the school survey has not yet been completed, there is still room to accommodate between 16,000 and 18,000 more students, if needed.

“The latest figures (as of April 25) show that 25,173 refugees have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. students “, the statement reveals.

She also notes that due to general uncertainty about the length of their stay in Ireland, Ukrainian parents are delaying the enrollment of their children in school.

In this regard, the General Secretary of the Association of Secondary School Teachers, Kieran Christie, stressed that it was also important that as many Ukrainian teachers as possible were included in the Irish education system.

In March, a Department for Education spokesperson noted that the department was working closely with the Board of Education to prioritize the registration of every Ukrainian citizen arriving in Ireland who is a teacher.

“Language support to help children and their families make the transition to Irish schools is also planned. However, a group representing English support teachers said that even before the arrival of new Ukrainian students, the system was already struggling to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English,” says the press release issued by the European Commission.

According to the European Commission, the Irish government in higher education is ensuring that those fleeing war in Ukraine can study at Irish universities. At the same time, many higher education institutions have already taken the initiative to inform Ukrainian students about the conditions of registration and access to the school.

Moreover, on March 29, the Irish government announced that it would cost almost 2.5 billion euros to take care of 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

In this regard, Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath also added that meeting all the needs of around 10,000 refugees will cost around 400-500 million euros.

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