Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 26/11/2014. Tags: Education And Politics
Minister for Education announces funding of 28 million euro to go towards primary schools’ physical infrastructure and investing in building maintenance and equipment.
The Minor Works Grant will be issued next week and will go to all primary schools with permanent recognition.
According to the Dept of Education
, “The rates payable are €5,500 per school plus €18.50 per mainstream pupil and €74 per special needs pupil. The grant is worth €6,425 for a 50 pupil school and more than €11,000 for a 300 pupil school.”
Works that can be taken place under the scheme will be:Improvement to school buildings and grounds
Improvement or replacement of mechanical services
Purchase of furniture and physical education equipment
Purchase of IT equipment
Primary schools may choose how to spend their grant without direct consultation with the Department.
The Minister of Education, Jan O’Sullivan has commented that because of the increase in primary and secondary sectors, schools must meet the developmental standards‘ to meet the demographic demands’. She added “I will assess my Department’s capital position this time next year to determine the prospects of a 2015/2016 Minor Works Grant.”
The Irish Primary and Principals Network (IPPN) reacted on Twitter this morning, tweeting
“IPPN welcomes today’s announcement for the provision of €28m in funding for Minor Works in primary schools which is to be issued next week.”