Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (129)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

129. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department monitors the way voluntary contributions are spent by schools. [11719/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Education Act 1998 requires that every school, other than a school established or maintained by an Education and Training Board, must keep accounts of monies it receives and of the expenditure of such monies and that such accounts are properly audited or certified in accordance with best accounting practice. The Act provides that such accounts must be made available for inspection by parents. While these provisions concern monies provided by the Oireachtas, schools are not precluded from providing details of other income and expenditure such as that relating to voluntary contributions and in my view it would be good practice for all schools to do so.