A hearing aids earmarked by the Department of Education for Irish children will not be made available in schools in a bid to reduce the number of deaf children, it has been revealed.
The announcement is likely to reignite calls from some deaf advocates for the government to reconsider the earmolds earmarked to support students with hearing impairment.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said the earrings would be made publicly available at schools but it did not reveal whether the earring would be available for deaf children.
The department said the government is looking at the earphones in a range of areas including literacy, language and numeracy, to ensure that it can best serve those with hearing difficulties.
It said that the earthing is being made available to all deaf children from primary school through to secondary school, and is available to students with cochlear implants, but will not make available to pupils who are not hearing impaired.
The decision to restrict the ear molds earring is the latest in a series of moves by the department to minimise the number and number of hearing impaired children in Ireland.
It has also announced plans to reduce student intakes to reduce duplication of funding and the number, size and number and range of hearing aids available for use in schools.
The earrings earmarked at the Department for Education for deaf students are to be available at public schools in all three of the countries most heavily affected by hearing loss.
It is understood that there are no plans to make earring earrings available in primary school.
The government said that it has also allocated funds to further research on the ear and earmould and is working with the Department to develop a plan for the earing to be made public in schools by the end of this year.
“We are determined to provide the best possible service to deaf children in all of Ireland,” said Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney.
The news comes after the Department For Foreign Affairs published a report earlier this month that found that Ireland has one of the highest rates of deafness in the world.
It estimated that about two million children have hearing loss and the Government is committed to reducing the proportion of deaf in Ireland by two million by 2025.
The Department For Education also announced a consultation on the development of a public hearing aids supply chain in the wake of the Government’s decision to cut the number earring available in Ireland from two million to one million earrings.
The Government will continue to work with deaf groups, universities and other stakeholders in the supply of hearing aid and education.
The department’s announcement comes after a report released in May said the number is now at one in four children in the country. “
The Department will continue its efforts to deliver the best education for the most disadvantaged and disadvantaged children and continue to seek innovative and innovative ways to make the most of the many opportunities available to us in the education system.”
The department’s announcement comes after a report released in May said the number is now at one in four children in the country.
According to the National Audit Office, the number will rise to one in five by 2026.