Sinn Féin call for free schoolbook loan scheme

Dublin West Sinn Féin representative has called on the government to introduce a free schoolbook loan scheme to help parents reduce the cost of education. Sinn Féin have estimated that it would cost €45m in the first year however it would reduce in subsequent years.

 

Mr Donnelly said “Many thousands of parents are faced with enormous back to school costs year in year out. Schoolbooks costs play a major part in the serious financial strain faced by parents at this time of year.

“We are advocating state provision of books, to be loaned to students, returned at the end of the school year and passed on. Sinn Féin estimates that this could be achieved at a cost of €45 million in the first year, which would decrease after the initial period.

“This is an anti-poverty measure contained in the Sinn Féin alternative budget for next year. The Sinn Féin budget will contain other proposals to lessen the burden of the cost of returning to school for families.

“A Barnardo’s survey in July 2012 found that the average cost of sending a 12-year-old child to secondary school was €770 and a six-year-old to senior infants €355.

“The Labour party has a particular responsibility to ensure that all children, irrespective of where they come from or their families financial situation, are given every possible opportunity to attain the highest level of education they can. So far, Labour has failed miserably. ENDS.

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