Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (176)

Thomas P. Broughan


176. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to fully restore the capitation grants for primary and secondary schools that were cut during the recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26243/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I fully recognise the need to improve capitation funding for schools.

I am pleased to have been able to provide for a 5% increase in capitation funding for primary and post primary schools that will apply from the start of the 2019/20 school year. Over the course of the school year 2019/20, an additional €10 million will be allocated to primary and post primary schools, of which €4 million will be allocated in 2019.

I must be prudent in the context of ongoing budgetary pressures. Where it is not possible to do everything that I would like to do in the education sector in any one year I have to prioritise, especially in the context of increasing enrolments.

It is my intention to seek funding for further capitation increases in future budgets.