Cork Education and Training Board has committed to enrolling an additional 54 students into first year across St Colman’s Community College, Midleton and Carrigtwohill Community College for the upcoming academic year.
It comes as around 100 students in the wider area fear they will have no school places next year.
In a statement, Chief Executive of Cork ETB Denis Leamy, said that the plan to deliver temporary accommodation for Carrigtwohill is progressing on schedule.
“In consultation with the school Principal, Cork Education and Training Board has taken the decision to enrol an additional 30 students into Year 1 of Carrigtwohill Community College for the 2020/2021 school year,” the statement reads.
“Cork ETB is committed to providing resources as appropriate.
“Cork Education and Training Board will continue to communicate key developments on the progress of this project to our stakeholders,” Mr Leamy concluded.
Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor has said this move is “long overdue,” but said that “multiple questions need to be answered by the Department of Education, He also said that there is an urgent need for additional capacity in the Midleton area alone.
Meanwhile, CField Construction has commenced works on site for the completion of the extension at St. Colman’s Community College in Midleton.
A statement on behalf of the Cork Education and Training Board states: “The initial programme sets out completion of Phase 1 for September 2020 and full completion by the end of 2020, and this plan is currently on schedule.
“Cork Education and Training Board has taken the decision to enrol an additional 24 students into Year 1 of St. Colman’s Community College for the 2020/2021 academic year. Cork Education and Training Board is committed to providing resources as appropriate.”
The move is expected to allay the concerns of a number of parents whose children had been on waiting lists for both schools for next September.