Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (562)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

562. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full-year cost of reducing the pupil-teacher ratio to 18:1 by paying all staff on the pre-2011 pay scale. [33557/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Teacher allocations to all second level schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment and are available on the Department's website. A pupil teacher ratio (ptr) of 19:1 is applied to all second-level schools in the Free-Education System. A ptr of 23:1 is applied to the 52 schools in the fee-charging sector.

Each 1 point adjustment to the pupil teacher ratio at post primary level is estimated to cost in the region of €63 million per annum.