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Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 24 May 2022

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Questions (373)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

373. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education if he will provide the estimated capital cost of the additional classroom space required to implement a one-point reduction in the pupil teacher ratio. [25954/22]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I can confirm to the Deputy, that the current estimated capital cost of providing additional classroom accommodation due to a one point reduction to the primary staffing schedule is currently €21.7 million.

The Deputy should note that this estimate is based on my Department's published Basic Building Costs which set the construction cost of a typical primary school classroom at €233,000. Where additional accommodation is needed, the costs associated with providing permanent accommodation will be impacted by among other factors, the extent of the accommodation to be provided, linking new permanent accommodation with existing facilities, existing site topography, geographical location of schools and costs associated with complying with statutory requirements. 

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