Numbers just don't add up ...
SPENDING on education has not kept pace with the rising numbers of pupils and teachers.
Three years ago a total of €8.7bn was spent on education -- rising to €9.35bn last year. The transfer of certain functions between the departments of Education and Enterprise make a direct comparison impossible this year.
Meanwhile, student numbers have topped the one-million mark for the first time, rising from 964,013 to 1.022 million last year.
The number of primary and second-level teachers also went up, from 56,274 in 2007/08 to 57,578 in 2008/09. The figures for the 2009/10 school year will be available next week.
The average spend per pupil in 2007/08 was €6,546 at primary level, €9,447 at post-primary level and €11,368 at third level.