In Budget 2013 a small cut to the funding of fee paying schools was announced – which is forecast to save about €6 million a year . There are about 26000 pupils at private fee paying schools in Ireland – so that works out at a cutof €230 per pupil. Maybe the schools will have to increase the fees by that much a year? Will many o fthe parents even notice ?
For a comparison we will look at how the Carers Respite Grant was treated in the Budget. The grant is is paid annually to full time carers to help them fund respite such as a short break for themselves and/or the person they care for. In 2013 this grant is to be cut by €325 . The 77,000 carers who get this grant will see an overall drop in funding of €25 million a year .
Cut in funding per private school pupil = €230
Cut in funding for a carer = €325
How can that be right?