Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 13/10/2020. Tags: Parented Education And Politics
The education budget across primary, secondary and third-level is set to climb above €11 billion, the highest ever on record.
This will include:An additional €2bn to support children with special education needs including around 400 extra special-educational-needs teachers and
an additional 990 SNA posts.
An additional 300 primary teaching posts plus a further 265 posts across post primary to cater for growing enrolments
Reduction in primary pupil teacher ratio by one point to 25:1 by providing over 300 mainstream teaching posts
€80m is being provided to support school building programmes, ICT and minor works schemes
Additonal funding for teacher education to address shortage of Post-primary teachers in Maths, Physics & Spanish
145 School Building projects to be delivered
The Hot School Meals scheme is also set to receive an additional €5m in the budget.
Funding allocated for 80 occupational, behavioural and speech and language therapists.
Every full-time third level student to receive €250 state payment
Fee grants for post-graduate students to increase for €2,000 to €3,500 in September 2021 & Fee income threshold to qualify for grants to rise from €31,500 to €54,240
An additional €1.5 Million for the 1916 Bursary Fund
Additional College spaces created this year will be retained and an additional 2,700 will also be created in 2021
Additional €8 million for the State training and further education agency Solas
A €3,000 incentive for employers to take on apprentices extended to end of June.
Read full details of the Budget investment in Education here