School inspection reports published today by the Department of Education show many schools struggling with inadequate buildings and resources.
The inspectors have told Burrane National School in Co Clare to immediately review a practice of charging pupils for dance lessons delivered during school time under the PE curriculum.
Inspectors said: 'It is recommended that all pupils have free access to a balanced curriculum.'
The same school is, according to inspectors, restricted in the delivery of PE due to the lack of indoor facilities and very limited yard space.
The inspectors make similar findings regarding a lack of proper PE facilities in relation to a sizeable number of primary schools.
The report says, in Glenasmole National School in Dublin 'the implementation of a broad and balanced physical education curriculum is quite dependent on the weather'.
Kealkill National School in Bantry in Co Cork is reported to be in urgent need of another classroom, as the staffroom accommodates the learning support teacher and resource teacher as well as accommodating computers for pupils.
At Holy Rosary Primary School in Tallaght, inspectors said: 'School accommodation is inadequate for the present enrolment….the accommodation lacks basic facilities such as an assembly or general purpose area, suitable rooms for special education, a library, a parents' room, a reasonably sized staffroom and staff toilets.'
Similar findings on inadequate school buildings are made in relation to a sizeable number of other schools.
Scoil Íosagáin in Ballina has three classrooms without hot water, toilet facilities need to be upgraded as a matter of urgency and a ramp which has been recently constructed does not facilitate safe wheelchair access, according to inspectors.
Inspectors also comment on inadequate conditions in some second level schools.