€1.6m In Funding Announced For Kerry Schools

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Minister Norma Foley.

MINISTER for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has announced over €1.6 million in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Grants for Kerry primary and post-primary schools.

The funding can be used to purchase equipment such as projectors and tablets or to support the use of online learning platforms. These grants will be automatically issued to all primary, special and post-primary schools in early December.

Minister Foley said: “We are all aware of the importance of digital learning and skills in our modern world, and I am delighted to announce this funding to equip our schools for this purpose. This funding will allow Kerry schools to purchase the digital devices and technologies that their students need.  Approximately 162 schools in Kerry will benefit from this funding.”

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Grants are paid on the basis of school type and enrolment. “For example, a 60 pupil primary school will receive €4,365 and a 300 pupil school will receive up to €12,475,” explained the Minister.

“In the case of a post-primary school this will consist of a €2,000 basic grant plus €43.26 per mainstream student and €47.58 per student in DEIS schools (as of 30 September 2019).”

“A 500 student school will receive up to €36,880 and a 1,000 student school would receive up to €62,560. This year’s extended period of school closure has served to underscore the immense value of education and its power in our children and young people’s lives. Funding of this scale can really make a difference to a school and its students,” concluded the Minister.

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