084. Ensure every town has adequate and fully funded provision for swimming

Schools have to provide aquatics as part of the PE curriculum. However, the reality In Ireland is that schools outsource swimming lessons to local swimming pools and children are taught by the swimming pool instructors. This costs a significant amount of money, especially when buses have to be used, which has to be paid for … Read more084. Ensure every town has adequate and fully funded provision for swimming

004. Make a decision on Gaeilge – all Gaelscoils or none

Let’s call a spade a spade. As much as Gaelscoileanna don’t encourage it, they have become an unofficial “private school” for Middle Ireland. Everybody knows it but saying it out loud attracts vitriol like no other. So, I’m saying it. I can only go on my own experiences but if you go to almost any … Read more004. Make a decision on Gaeilge – all Gaelscoils or none

130. All pupils should go to their nearest geographic school

Why don’t children always go to their nearest primary school? It seems like a fair question. The answer lies in the, at first, strange fixation that people believe they should have a choice in which primary school they can go to. However, it doesn’t take too long to understand why people want a choice because … Read more130. All pupils should go to their nearest geographic school

002. Give equal funding to primary and second level

One might expect that funding for primary and secondary level would be the same in terms of capitation and ancillary grants, but it’s not the case. Primary schools receive €170 per pupil per annum. Secondary schools receive €296. There is no reason why second level schools should cost much more to run than primary schools. … Read more002. Give equal funding to primary and second level

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