Parents struggle with 'voluntary' contribution
Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30
Large voluntary contribution fees to primary schools are imposing a further strain on parents' finances, a new survey has revealed.
Over a quarter of parents in Ireland are expected to pay more than €200 per child to offset the drop in Government funding.
The county with the highest percentage of parents paying over €200 in voluntary contributions is Louth - where almost half of parents, at 48pc, stated they are asked for voluntary contributions of over €200 per child.
Other counties in Ireland with the highest voluntary contribution fees are Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Laois, the new research by Bytek Managed Print Specialists, in association with Epson, shows.
The county with the lowest voluntary contribution fee is Roscommon, where almost one in four parents pay less than €24 per child.
Other counties with low voluntary contribution costs include Leitrim, Galway, Cavan and Kerry.
Earlier this year, a spokesperson for the Department of Education said voluntary contributions were permissible "provided it is made absolutely clear to parents that there is no question of compulsion to pay and that they are doing so of their own volition".