Fee-paying schools still sending most students on to third level
FEE-paying schools continue to dominate entry to third-level education, according to a breakdown of who goes to college published in a special supplement with today's Irish Independent.
The elite group of 56 schools, with typical day-pupil fees of €5,000, send all or most of their students to college.
That is also matched by many schools in the free-education system, the 2011 college entry figures show.
However, a class divide leaves many schools in disadvantaged areas at the low end of the table.
But fee-paying schools are going to suffer in the Budget. A cut in teacher allocations next year will hit the fee-paying sector more than others.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is under pressure to reduce the €100m subsidy fee-paying schools receive every year in teacher salaries.
It means that, next year, fee-paying schools will be allocated one teacher for every 22 pupils, compared with 20 at the moment.