So much for our Smart Economy
CUTTING the grant to the Primary School Library Service is nothing short of shameful. It certainly is not reflective of the philosophy enshrined in the new primary school curriculum where it states that "the library is not only valuable, it is essential".
The complete lack of funding at present for the library service to primary schools goes against the Department of Education and Skills' own standards as enshrined in the Primary Schools Curriculum 1999.
There were considerable benefits to schools from the use of the public library school service, such as the availability of trained and skilled library staff, the ready availability of suitable books, and the collaboration it fostered between schools and public libraries.