Written answers

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Department of Education and Skills

School Costs

Photo of Réada CroninRéada Cronin (Kildare North, Sinn Fein)
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420. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum to the Exchequer of keeping a child in the primary school system and the secondary system and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37842/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The latest year for which the data is available is 2018 and is presented in the table below.

- Primary level Post-primary level
Total expenditure € 3,784,796,714 € 3,490,341,316
Annualized full-time equivalent* enrolment 562,331 416,410
Expenditure per student € 6,731 € 8,382
Note that data on total government expenditure for each level of education is compiled according to the rules and methodology laid out by the OECD.

*The full-time equivalent includes full and part time enrolments and is derived as following: full time + 0.5 part time enrolments. 

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