A new report from an Oireachtas committee has recommended that pupils should not be obliged to wear crested uniforms and that schools should end the use of workbooks.

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection has been examining the cost of education in Ireland and is recommending that students should not be forced to wear expensive crested uniforms.

It also recommends that schools end the use of workbooks which cannot be reused, and suggests that voluntary contributions should be greatly discouraged, if not completely prohibited.

The committee is also calling for the introduction of a universal schoolbook rental scheme.

The recommendations, which will be published on Tuesday have been welcomed by the National Parents Council.