Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (290)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

290. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of a 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% increase in capitation grant to voluntary secondary schools. [31270/19]

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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.  The first and full year costs of this increase is €4 million and €10 million respectively.

The estimated cost of restoring capitation by 10% in Voluntary Secondary schools is circa €5.2 million. 

The estimated cost of restoring capitation by 15% in Voluntary Secondary schools is circa €7.9 million. 

The estimated cost of restoring capitation by 20% in Voluntary Secondary schools is circa €10.4 million. 

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.