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Education funding must be prioritised on the basis of need

11 January, 2005


Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD has called for Minister for Education, Ms Mary Hanafin to "make public the criteria she used when making decisions to prioritise certain schools for funding for major projects."

Speaking in Dublin today he said:

"While I welcome the announcement of 122 major school projects it is unclear how schools were prioritised. Schools that were previously listed as priorities have not been selected for funding while some schools seemed to have jumped to the top of the list. If there are new criteria for prioritising schools then this needs to be made public.

"Many schools are in dire need of funding with many students being taught in damp unheated classes. Some schools are lacking basic facilities such as libraries, PE halls and even proper toilet facilities. Hygiene problems also plague many schools and it is not unknown for rats to be seen in school property. These are the schools that should be prioritised.

"I would urge the Minister for Education, Ms Mary Hanafin to make public the criteria she used when making decisions to prioritise certain schools for funding for major projects and to prioritise on the basis of need any future funding for schools."ENDS

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