Sunday 19 November 2017

Book rental extended to all schools

Katherine Donnelly, Education Editor

Money for book-rental schemes is now being offered to all primary schools.

There was an outcry following the last Budget when Education Minister Ruairi Quinn invited schools that did not already operate a rental scheme to apply for funding to set one up.

The incentive was criticised by schools and parents that had taken the initiative to set up a scheme at their own expense.

The fund is worth a total of €15m and take-up, so far, by about 400 schools, will cost about €6.7m, benefiting 63,000 pupils and their families.

Schools in disadvantaged areas, known as DEIS schools, will receive €150 per child and other schools will receive €100 per child over the next two years.

Now Mr Quinn has announced that the remaining €8.3m will be divided among all other primary schools that currently operate book rental schemes.

These schools are expected to receive €18 per pupil, or €20 in DEIS schools, over those two years. This is on top of the annual book grant of €15m which is paid on a per pupil basis.

Irish Independent

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