Primary Class Sizes In Clare Among Lowest In The Country

Primary school class sizes in Clare are among the lowest in the country.

New data released by the Department of Education suggests just five counties have fewer pupils in them on average than in Clare.

Statistics released to the Oireachtas following a parliamentary question from Deputy Bernard Durkan shows average mainstream primary school classes here have 22.2 students in them.


That’s a number that’s matched by Donegal, and lower only in Tipperary, Kerry, Roscommon, Longford and Mayo.

The figure is more than one pupil below the national average of 23.3.

12,988 primary students were enrolled in this county in the last academic year, in a total of 586 classes.

Clare’s pupil-teacher ratio is now just over 12.5 at primary level, which is the highest figure in Munster.

Nationally, more than 540,000 children are enrolled in primary school, and they’re separated into 23,460 classes in total.