Division Bell: Private school cuts will cost more than they save

Squeezing fee-paying schools has more to do with Labour's ideological needs than with saving the state money, writes Pat Leahy.

24th February, 2013
Pat Leahy: The extra strain on the Department's schools budget to meet the costs of the former fee-paying schools will mean less resources for the rest of the schools.

Kilkenny College, a Protestant boarding and day school, announced last week that it was joining the free education scheme, ending its status as a fee-paying school. It's likely to be the first in a number of fee-paying establishments to join the free education scheme, largely as a response to government policy of squeezing the sector. This is a matter of ideology, not economics.

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