Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (224)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

224. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in a full year if the book grant of €11 per pupil in primary schools was increased to €14 per pupil and from €24 to €30 per pupil in post-primary schools under the book grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7941/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The estimated full year cost of increasing the book grant by €3 per pupil at primary level and €6 per pupil at post-primary schools is circa €3.8m.

The Department provides a book grant to all recognised primary and post primary schools within the Free Education Scheme in order to provide assistance for books including Book Rental Schemes.

Under this scheme, the Department provided funding of €16.7 million in 2018 to all of these schools. It is a matter for the Board of Management of each individual school to decide on its own policy in relation to the use of this funding in the school but they are expected to adopt a cost-conscious approach to the selection of books for use in their classes. The current arrangement relies on the local knowledge of the school in order to ensure a fair allocation of funds to those most in need. The arrangements in relation to this scheme are set out in Circular 0046/2013 which is published on the Department's website at http://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0046_2013.pdf.