Friday 26 May 2017

Primary pupils to pay €50 school bus charge

John Walshe Education Editor

MORE than 32,000 primary school children will have to pay annual school transport charges of €50 each from next September.

The maximum charge will be €110 per family.

Students travelling to post-primary schools will have to pay €350 a year, an increase of €50, with a maximum family charge of €650.

Children with special educational needs will continue to be transported free of charge, as will children whose families have a medical card, a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills said.

From next September, a minimum of 10 eligible children will be needed to establish or keep services, compared with seven at present.

From the following year, eligibility for all new post-primary pupils will be on the basis of the nearest school.

This means that the use of the 'catchment' boundary system will cease.

Irish Independent

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