Several governing bodies have issued a joint statement calling for an “immediate increase” in the capitalization rate.
Leading educators including An Foras Pátrúnachta, CPSMA, Church of Ireland Board of Education, Educate Together, ETBI, NABMSE and the Muslim Primary Board are calling for the rate to be increased by 50 per cent to €275 per pupil and a 10 per cent increase for all other overhead prices.
The group said the Ancillary Services Grant rate should also be increased by 10 percent and the grant’s cap of 500 students enrolled “should be removed for larger schools.”
In a statement released today, the group warned that the cost of living crisis was “not just a problem for individuals but for whole school communities”.
Increased government investment is now “essential so that school communities do not depend entirely on voluntary contributions from already squeezed parents to meet basic needs such as heat, light and water in schools.”
“Even before the recent alarming increases in electricity prices, the price of heating oil has risen by almost 115 percent in one year and the overall inflation rate is over 9 percent,” the statement said.
“Schools cannot survive, let alone thrive, at current rates.”
Emer Nowlan, chief executive officer of Educate Together, said: “When schools are underfunded, disadvantaged students lose the most”.
She added: “The chronic underfunding is now at crisis levels and the government must act.”
Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA) general secretary Seamus Mulconry said: “Parents have subsidized schools for years, but the Bank of Mum and Dad is not solvent enough to support primary schools – the state must act to secure its constitution fulfill commitment to provide free primary education.”
NABMSE secretary-general Eileen O’Rourke said many schools and classes are housed in rooms and buildings that are “old, unsuitable and unsafe – they pose a safety risk to staff and students”.
“Maintenance of unsuitable dilapidated buildings is a significant expense for schools, which must cover these ongoing costs from their bounty grant,” she said.
“These classrooms/buildings are not insulated by modern standards and are inefficient and costly to operate.
“There must be an easily accessible extended subsidy for minor work on damage, repairs, replacements and the purchase of resources in our sector to ensure basic safety for the children in our care. “
Ms O’Rourke said the cost of school insurance “has skyrocketed for many years in the area of special educational needs”.
She added: “Schools cannot continue to pay up to €50,000 a year for insurance and urgently need support to meet these rapidly increasing costs.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/schools-cannot-survive-primary-educators-call-for-immediate-50pc-increase-in-capitation-rate-to-cope-with-alarming-energy-increases-41986975.html ‘Schools can’t survive’ – Elementary school teachers are calling for an immediate 50 percent increase in capitation to cope with ‘alarming’ energy gains