Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (487)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

487. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of public funds that are provided to fee-paying schools; the number of fee-paying schools receiving public funds; and the number of pupils supported by such funds. [36744/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Gross salaries paid to teachers in 51 fee charging schools in the 2017/2018 school year amounted to €91,660,946 (€96.2 million including employers PRSI contributions). There were 25,606 pupils enrolled in fee charging schools in the 18/19 school year.

In 2018 there were a total of 114 posts allocated by the NCSE for special needs in fee charging schools. The posts are allocated based on the needs of the children and the number of posts changes each year according to the care needs required. Approximately €4,000,000 was paid in salaries to Special Needs Assistants in fee charging schools in 2018/2019 school year.

Capital funding of €268,428 was provided to fee charging secondary schools in 2018.