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Protecting education is a priority for the Government

Posted on December 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM

rq image - Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.

Protecting education is a priority for the Government and many of the measures in Budget 2013 will protect the most vulnerable in our education system.

Class sizes have been protected for the 2013/14 and class sizes will be also be protected for free second-level schools. SNA numbers and resource teachers will be protected and there are no changes to the overall staffing or funding for DEIS schemes.

The subvention to fee-paying schools will be reduced through the change in class-size ratio from 21:1 to 23:1 from next September. This means that those who have most will pay most.

During 2013 work will begin on 50 new schools and major extensions as well as work continuing on 44 new projects at a cost of €370m. The Literacy and Numeracy strategy will continue to work to raise educational standards with fundingof €6.3m and the reform of the Junior cycle will proceed during 2013.

Before September 2014 all second-level schools will receive high-speed broadband at no cost and reforms to overhaul the points system will continue.

The Forum on Pluralism and Patronage will continue to be implemented and more talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be able to access third-level education with reformed scholarships.

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