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Archive for March, 2010

Huge increase in racism in Irish schools


The Teachers’ Union of Ireland today highlighted that as many as 46% of respondents to a survey reported a racist incident taking place in their school in the previous month. This compares to 25% reporting the same this time last year. Marketing company Behaviour and Attitudes (B&A) last year conducted independent research among teachers and lecturers on the issue of interculturalism, racism and resources for minority ethnic students.

Indicators exist that the situation is worse in Dublin, and that increased incidences are also being reported in communities where job losses are prevalent.

There are a number of key recommendations which require urgent implementation in order to give these students parity of opportunity with their peers in order to reach their potential within the Irish education system.” Key findings

43% of respondents were aware of racist incidents which had occurred in their school in the past month.

32% of respondents stated that they do not have a specific formal procedure that is followed if a racist incident occurs in their school or college

28% of teachers taught between four and ten minority ethnic students in a single class. 18% taught between 4-6 and 10% taught between 7-10

Over a third of Dublin schools have 20% or more minority ethnic students.

60% of teachers in VEC schools stated that the presence of minority students in classes increases teacher workload.

70% of teachers said that interpretation services were inadequate

64% said that in-service support for intercultural education is inadequate

62% said that support available for teaching English as a second language was inadequate

80% of respondents from VEC schools said their school does not have access to external translation services

60% of respondents believe that additional promotional posts with special responsibility for minority ethnic students are necessary in schools

86% believe that funding for in-service courses should be available

77% believe all teachers should receive in-service on intercultural education

49% of VEC schools do not have policy on anti-racism and the promotion of interculturalism

56% believe a dedicated home school liaison teacher is required where a high number of minority students exist

Racism motivation in murder attack


A teenage boy stabbed to death may have been attacked following a row sparked by racist jibes, it was disclosed.

Toyosi Shittabey, 15, was taken to hospital after the attack in Tyrrelstown, north-west Dublin, shortly after 7pm on Friday but died a short time later. Two brothers, aged in their 20s and 30s, were arrested shortly after the killing which happened at Boulevard Mount Eustace.

The teenager was of Nigerian descent but had been living in Ireland for some years. A garda spokesman said: “I don’t think anyone went out there to kill anyone. But things got out of hand and then someone was killed. “This is certainly an incident which we are addressing from the point of view of is it racist based.” Detectives believe an altercation took place outside a house at Mount Garrett Rise.

A short time later, around 150 yards away, Toyosi was stabbed in the chest. He was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown but died around an hour later. Gardai sealed off the area and forensic officers combed the crime scene. Officers say they are concerned about tensions in the area and the Garda Racial and Intercultural Office is working in the locality.,null,230