Private schooling redux… September 3, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, The Left.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the complaints, as articulated in the most recent SBP, that…
An exodus of fee-paying schools into the state system could cost the exchequer up to €50 million in additional supports, according to figures obtained by this newspaper.
…seems almost beside the point given that the state has to deal with an huge demographic increase in the numbers of children entering primary and secondary education over the next decade or two.
The schools enrolment tsunami is already on the move with a rise in the numbers of pupils going into primary clearly visible y. Full statistics will be available next month from the department but early figures show that it expects 71,000 junior infant pupils to enrol this year.
This is a 15,000 increase on 10 years ago. And based on the numbers now departing sixth class, there will be about 60,000 new students going into post-primary for 2013.
This, however, belies the underlying trend in access to education which according to figures from the department will be strongly upwards. In July it published a document, Projections of Full-Time Enrolment Primary and Second Level, 2013-2031.
The projections point to rising participation in education at least until 2019 with education at all levels seeing unprecedented increases in student numbers. The education system will be under severe stress unless capital spending can be found to build schools and provide educational facilities right through third level.
And there’s more:
Primary enrolments are projected to rise by about 37,000 pupils by 2015, peaking at about 596,000 by 2019 before beginning to reduce, the document says.
Post-primary enrolments will rise by about 16,000 by 2015 but at this level the rise is expected to be sustained through 2026 hitting a peak at about 416,000 pupils before reducing.
What better time to reshape the Irish education system into a more egalitarian format when enormous sums have to be spent in any event. Strange the SBP didn’t mention that, no?
By the way, nice to see both that ‘Fine Gael has accused Ruairi Quinn of taking an “ideological” position in targeting private schools for budget cuts, and claims it makes no financial sense.’ and that ‘Fine Gael TDs are likely to resist any further hikes in the pupil-teacher ratio for fee-paying schools in the run-up to next month’s budget.’. Clearly it’s only ‘ideological’ when the other person is doing it.