Tuesday 23 January 2018

To fee or not to fee?

• I would agree with Patrick Cassidy's query (Letters, January 11) as to the reason for Education Minister's Ruairi Quinn's request for an audit of fee-paying secondary schools in Ireland.

I also feel that the debate on the issue lacks something in its objectivity and critical analysis. Do fee-paying schools cost the taxpayer money? Or more pertinently, how much money would the State save if it took away the €100m it provides in subvention to fee-paying schools?

And no, €100m is not the answer -- in fact it would more likely cost the State the vast majority of this figure if all fee-paying schools were closed in the morning.

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