Saturday 25 November 2017

Other proposed education cuts

•Reduce capitation grants by 10pc to make a saving of €21m per year. Document warns that "some or all schools in funding difficulty".

The ability of parents to fundraise or to make voluntary financial contributions is "diminished".

•Introduce fee of €500 per annum for post-Leaving Cert students to save €10m annually.

"Contrary to the Government's policy on upskilling," the document warns.

•Abolish the school transport scheme and replace with grants to families with medical cards to save €119m.

The document says: "No account taken of the significant administration work which would be needed to pay grants. Could also impact negatively on school attendance."

•Increase pupil-teacher ratio to 29-1, cutting 350 to 400 posts. After four years, predicted savings of €24m per annum for primary and €51m for secondary.

The document, however, says this "would have a negative impact on class sizes".

•Abolish 500 resource teachers for Traveller posts, saving €45m per annum when included with a number of other cuts. Document warns of a "negative reaction from Traveller representative groups and Irish-language groups".

•Cap the number of psychologists at current level of 158 to save €4.3m per annum -- but this would be "inconsistent with aspects of Programme for Government".

Irish Independent

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