Parents give 26pc of school funding
Published 30/04/2010 | 05:00
A QUARTER of the funding of secondary schools comes from parents and local fund raising, a conference was told yesterday, writes John Walshe.
But a schools' leader issued a strong warning that in current circumstances "that is simply untenable".
"In particular, our smaller schools that are providing a magnificent service to their local communities are facing extinction due to lack of funding," said Noel Merrick in his presidential address to the Catholic school managers' conference in Kilkenny.
Surveys had shown that 26pc of the funding of voluntary schools had to be done locally.
"If schools close and the financial contribution being made by their communities dies with the schools, the ultimate cost to the State will be many times greater," Mr Merrick said.