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Crowe welcomes department examination of school books grant scheme

31 August, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Deputy Seán Crowe has welcomed the announcement that the Department of Education will examine how €15 million in grants allocated annually to schools to run book-rental schemes is being spent.

The grant is worth €11 for each primary school pupil and €24 for second-level students. An additional €10 and €15 per child is offered at primary and second-level, respectively, for schools that cater for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Deputy Crowe continued: “I understand that Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has asked his officials to find out which schools operate book rental schemes.

“If implemented properly rental schemes can significantly reduce school costs. Recent surveys have shown that the costs of text books are becoming too expensive for many low and middle income families.

“The Department of Education should use well-run book-rental schemes as a template that can be applied throughout the primary and secondary school sectors." ENDS

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