Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (260)

Kathleen Funchion

Question:

260. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools to 20:1. [27663/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Teacher allocations to all second level schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment and are available on the Department's website. A pupil teacher ratio (ptr) of 19:1 is applied to all second-level schools in the Free-Education System. A ptr of 23:1 is applied to the 52 schools in the fee-charging sector.

Each 1 point adjustment to the pupil teacher ratio at post primary level is estimated to cost in the region of €63m per annum.