Over 200 Ukrainian pupils enrolled in Roscommon schools

The latest figures from the Department of Education show that just over 200 Ukrainian pupils were enrolled in primary and secondary schools in Roscommon as of March 1st this year.

According to the Department, there are 163 Ukrainian children in primary schools here while there are just 54 enrolled in secondary education.

Nationally, there are 14,931 Ukrainian pupils enrolled in schools with 9,650 in primary education and 5,281 in post-primary schools. The most recent date indicates an enrolment rate of 91 per cent among Ukrainian children aged 5-18.

Roscommon’s total of 217 pupils puts it at the lower end of the scale when it comes to accommodating Ukrainian pupils. Not surprisingly, Dublin has the highest number with 1,207 primary students and 671 post-primary. Cork (1,044 and 518) has the second highest number while Monaghan (66 and 31) had the fewest, followed by Longford (58 and 60).

The Department says that to assist with the transition of Ukrainian students and their families into Irish schools Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) continue to operate. These are hosted by the 16 regional education and training boards around Ireland and staffed by regionally-based education support personnel.