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Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016. Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortagesTags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting

According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate funding levels.

The 507 page briefing document prepared for the Minister says ETB - formerly VEC - schools may face difficulties because income used by them to supplement core funding has also declined and warns that the adequacy of capitation funding for all schools is "a critical issue".

The document warns that 28 major building projects that are currently at tendering stage as part of the schools’ building programme may have to be held back if additional funding is not forthcoming.

According to the report, the Department of Education has been in discussions, it says, with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with a view to increasing its allocation for this year and 2017.

Read full RTE article here


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