Parents and schools struggling to cover the cost of education - Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Education, Kathleen Funchion TD, said today that she believes the Department need to restore cuts to capitation for schools to at least pre-2010 levels.
Speaking this morning Deputy Funchion said “The burden on parents to continually assist with funding our schools is not fair and this needs to be addressed by the Department immediately.
“Parents are giving to the majority of schools in the form of voluntary contributions and through fundraisers on top of the exorbitant costs of books and uniforms.
“Schools are using funds which are raised to pay bills and manage the day to day running of the schools instead of being able to use the funds from parents to provide extracurricular activities for children.
“The pressure this puts on parents is huge as they fear if they cannot contribute the school will be unable to provide high quality education for their children.
“This is unfair to parents, many of whom are already struggling financially, as well as the school who deal with families every day and do not want to be in this position but are forced to due to a lack of Government funding.
“The Education sector suffered huge cuts during the recession and did so with a view to helping the country return to a stable position, yet they are still suffering the effects almost ten years later.
“It isn’t good enough, our children have a constitutional right to free education and at a cost of almost €800 to send a child to first year in secondary school it is far from free.
“The Minister and his Department need to step up here and realise that the schools and families have carried the education system long enough.