€88 million investment in education

Monday, October 20, 2014

Budget 2015 has provided for €88 million to be invested in education with 1,700 new full time posts to be created.

Among the estimated 1,700 additional new full time posts to be created are 920 new mainstream teaching posts, 480 resource teachers and 365 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs).
This is good news for graduates and those currently still studying. Parents will also welcome the news that there will be no reduction in the pupil teacher ratio, there will be no increase in class sizes and this investment will allow for a €530 million capital expenditure investment.

Over 150 new schools have been built since this Government came into power and over 100 schools have been refurbished. Further investment in buildings will be possible due to the Budget funding announced this week.

I am particularly pleased to see that funding has been made available to invest in high speed broadband in schools, to invest in the Junior Cycle and in literacy and numeracy. A new team of early years education inspectors will also be recruited to help improve the quality of the free pre-school. The development of our young children and commitment to their care has been a priority of this Government since it came into office.

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