Sunday 26 February 2017

System is seriously creaking under a growing appetite for learning

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A classroom
A classroom

THE number of people in full-time education in Ireland is at its highest level – and rising – at more than one million.

School rolls for the past year tell us there were 536,317 primary pupils and 367,178 second-level pupils, including PLC students. Figures for third level are awaited, but will be around the 170,000 level.

But in sharp contrast to the rise in enrolments across all levels, the education budget has fallen.

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