Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Free Education Scheme.

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asked the Minister for Education if he has any plans to increase the grant payable in respect of children attending secondary schools who have opted into the "free education" system.

It is not contemplated at present to increase theper capita grant in lieu of school fees payable in respect of pupils attending secondary schools which have opted to enter the free education scheme. However, the matter is being kept under review.

Would the Minister not agree that, like university grants, this figure has remained static for a considerable number of years during which the cost of living has risen? The ridiculous figure set several years ago is still being paid. Saying the matter is kept under review is just a misuse of words.

The Deputy is not quite correct there. The grant was raised in the lower fee schools in 1968 and again in 1969.