Sinn Féin proposes €500 million investment in education in Budget 2017
Sinn Féin today launched budget proposals for the education sector. Speaking from Leinster House the party’s Education spokesperson Carol Nolan said investing in quality education for all citizens is a priority for Sinn Féin.
Teachta Nolan said:
“Sinn Féin firmly believes that now is the time to safeguard our future by investing in strong public services, particularly the education of our young people.
“Sinn Féin has put forward a comprehensive ambitious investment package of almost €500 million across all levels of our education system to deliver quality education and reduce the cost of living for families and students.
“Under our plan, Sinn Féin will restore guidance counselling to secondary schools on the basis of one counsellor per 500 students outside of the current pupil teacher ratio.
“We would invest a total package of over €120 million in third level education to increase core funding, reduce student fees, provide additional supports for disadvantaged students and provide funding to replace equipment and upgrade facilities.
“Sinn Féin has also proposed a number of measures to tackle the massive costs incurred by families in Back to School Expenses.
“Under our plan, School Books funding would be increased by 30%, school meals would be increased by 40% and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance would be increased by €50.
“In recent weeks, the Minister has made an aspirational claim that we would create the best education system in Europe. The Minister must now match this aspiration with the appropriate investment in our education system.”