Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (292)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire


292. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of each one point increase in the capitation grant for post-primary schools. [35212/19]

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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 1% in Post Primary schools is circa €1 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.

Questions Nos. 293 and 294 answered with Question No. 249.