Tuesday 27 June 2017

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: I was the principal of a State-funded school and even I can't back cuts to fee-paying ones

Any withdrawal of funding to fee-paying schools would force many of them to close
Any withdrawal of funding to fee-paying schools would force many of them to close

THE future funding of fee-paying schools has been a source of much argument over the past week. However, during the debate, a realistic view of our financial circumstances has been lacking.

Any debate that centres on the state subvention to fee-paying schools being withdrawn -- or even reduced -- needs to take heed of what exactly that would mean, not only for the state purse but for our school-going population as a whole.

Before being elected as a TD for Dun Laoghaire, I was a principal in a State-funded primary school. Every year, we were faced with the same situation where parents scrambled desperately to secure places for their children in local second-level schools.

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