Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Ceisteanna (93)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

93. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to restore the capitation grant to €200 per annum per child in view of the significant capital funding constraints that primary schools find themselves under; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22127/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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. Over the course of the school year 2019/20, an additional €10 million will be allocated to primary and post primary schools, of which €4 million will be allocated in 2019.

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.