Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (450)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

450. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education the estimated cost of providing capitation funding of €208 per pupil for the 2020-2021 academic year. [26381/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The capitation grant has increased in each of the last two budgets.

I understand the need for improved capitation funding and I am pleased that budget 2020 has been able to provide for a further 2.5% increase in standard capitation funding for primary schools that applies from the start of the 2020/21 school year.  This builds on the 5% increase in capitation announced in budget 2019.

The combined increases given in 2019 and 2020 mean that circa 40% restoration will be achieved. 

All schools have received the benefit of the capitation increases awarded to date.  It is my intention to seek funding for further capitation increases in future budgets.

In addition to the increases above the estimated cost of increasing the standard capitation at primary level to €208 per pupil for the 2020/2021 academic year is €14.5m.