THE trustees of post-primary schools traditionally run by the religious have called for a new way of funding second-level education, to ensure that all sectors are treated equally.
They were responding to a report highlighting the differences in state funding between faith-based and state schools, which, they said, showed that they were at a disadvantage
The study by the ESRI found that faith-based schools, known as the voluntary secondary sector, were more likely to rely on parental contributions to pay for basics, such as building maintenance.
The study found that schools in the voluntary sector were more likely to seek a contribution from parents, and it was also likely to be set at a higher level.
Sr Elizabeth Manning, director of Educena, the foundation which owns the former Mercy and Presentation secondary schools and others, said many post-primary schools were facing severe funding difficulties.
"The ESRI report shows that the funding problems of faith-based schools arise largely from the fact that the free services they received from religious have not been replaced."