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Boost to school book rental funds
17 Apr 2014 11:11
Primary schools already operating book rental schemes are to be allowed to avail of a State funding programme originally established to support the setting up of new schemes only.
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Around €8m will be shared among schools, amounting to between €18 and €20 per child, depending on whether or not they are categorised as disadvantaged.
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The Government made €15m available in the last Budget.
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The funding was originally intended as a support for primary schools that had yet to set up a book rental scheme.
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However, schools with existing schemes complained that they were being punished for having shown initiative by establishing rental schemes without special State support.
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The Department of Education said 400 schools applied for seed capital under the programme.
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However, €8.3m has yet to be spent.
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It has decided to distribute this balance among schools with existing rental schemes.
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