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Minister is ignoring advice of her own civil servants – Jonathan O’Brien TD

8 October, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien questioned the the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and called on her to not proceed with the further cut to capitation grants in the budget.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“The Minister’s own civil servants have provided her with briefing documents that say any further reductions to the capitation grants for budgetary reasons may create a risk that some schools would not be able to cover critical costs such as insurance or heat and light, the absence of which could trigger school closure.

“The Minister is ignoring the advice of her own civil servants and she must review her plans to cut capitation grants by a further 1%.

“Schools will be expected to hike up so-called voluntary contributions and fundraising initiatives in order to make up the shortfall.

“Where the Minister expects people to get more money from is a mystery.

“The school sector has suffered enough cuts, and standards of education will suffer as a result.

“I am calling on the Minister to stop ignoring the advice of her own Minister and urgently reverse this decision.”

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