State to pay for teachers at Kilkenny College

Friday 22 February 2013 20.57
The State has agreed to pay for additional teachers at Kilkenny College
The State has agreed to pay for additional teachers at Kilkenny College

The State has agreed to pay for additional teachers at Kilkenny College, on a short term basis, to enable the school to move from fee-charging to free education status without redundancies.

The school announced its decision earlier this week.

Other Protestant fee-charging schools have told RTÉ News they're interested in exploring a similar move with the Department of Education.

In a deal agreed between the Department of Education and the school the State will pay the salaries of the equivalent of around six full-time teaching positions on what's called a transitional basis.

This will last until these teachers are absorbed into the school's official teacher allocation, for instance by replacing other teachers who retire.

The school says it expects this period to be short.

The state will also take over loan repayments for new classroom buildings constructed in recent years.

Other Protestant fee-charging schools have told RTÉ News they're interested in exploring a similar move with the Department of Education.