Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (95)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

95. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to the announcement in budget 2014 regarding additional funding for the book rental scheme in primary schools, if the grant paid to schools for this scheme will be paid in one instalment or spread over three years; when this grant will be paid to the schools in question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44918/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The additional funding referred to by the Deputy will involve an investment of €15 million to support the establishment of book rental schemes in primary schools that do not currently operate them. The Department will provide €5 million per annum over a three year period to such schools. This will allow schools to reduce the cost burden on parents with young children. These schemes can result in savings of up to 80% of the cost of school books for parents.

The Department will advise schools of the application process later this year. The funding will be allocated in time to allow schools to purchase a stock of textbooks for the commencement of the 2014/2015 school year.