Sunday 17 December 2017

Teachers 'tired of baking rice krispie buns' just to pay school bills

INTO chief Sheila Nunan. Photo: Frank McGrath
INTO chief Sheila Nunan. Photo: Frank McGrath
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Teachers are "tired of baking rice krispie buns and selling them to themselves" in order to help pay for day-to-day running of their schools.

There has been 15pc cut in recent years in Government funding to schools to meet their running costs, resulting in an increasing reliance on donations from parents by way of fundraising and voluntary contributions.

The issue was raised at the annual conference of the Irish National Teachers Organisation yesterday, where there was a unanimous call for more funding.

Kathryn Crowley, Dublin, said principals were having sleepless nights because of the pressures of fundraising. She said schools were "tired of baking rice krispie buns and selling them to ourselves"

Maria Gildea, also Dublin, said funding for running costs was just over 90c per pupil per day, which was "ridiculous".

INTO executive member John Boyle, said primary schools were the Cinderella of the system when it came to funding and said they should be funded the same as second-level schools.

Earlier this week, INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan said that the "totally iniquitous funding of primary education is a severe threat to quality".

She said it was a major source of stress for principals who must regularly prioritise utility bills over teaching resources.

Irish Independent

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