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    Default Private secondary school Kilkenny College to move to the public system with five others to follow

    Kilkenny College, a private fee paying Protestant secondary school, is to move from the fee paying sector to the public sector.

    Their principal, Ian Coombes, was interviewed on RTE news and explained that his school have been considering this approach since 2010. He also interestingly mentioned that only one in four Protestants in the locality of the school were choosing to go there.

    The Department of Education have also stated that they are in preliminary discussions with five other private fee paying schools with the intention of moving to the public system.

    Note: At present the pupil:teacher ratio for fee paying schools is 23:1 as opposed to 19:1 for non-fee paying schools.

    Presumably these are decisions based on securing a future for their schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    Kilkenny College, a private fee paying Protestant secondary school, is to move from the fee paying sector to the public sector.

    Their principal, Ian Coombes, was interviewed on RTE news and explained that his school have been considering this approach since 2010. He also interestingly mentioned that only one in four Protestants in the locality of the school were choosing to go there.

    The Department of Education have also stated that they are in preliminary discussions with five other private fee paying schools with the intention of moving to the public system.

    Note: At present the pupil:teacher ratio for fee paying schools is 23:1 as opposed to 19:1 for non-fee paying schools.

    Presumably these are decisions based on securing a future for their schools.
    The sooner they cut your pay to shut you up the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    The sooner they cut your pay to shut you up the better.
    Very kind indeed, lovely attitude, hope you have a lovely evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    The sooner they cut your pay to shut you up the better.
    What precisely has the opening post got to do with my pay?

    Eejit.

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    Surely publicising private schools will cost the state more money? I.e. loss of fees must be taken on by the state to pay groundstaff, admin etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertW View Post
    Kilkenny College, a private fee paying Protestant secondary school, is to move from the fee paying sector to the public sector.

    Their principal, Ian Coombes, was interviewed on RTE news and explained that his school have been considering this approach since 2010. He also interestingly mentioned that only one in four Protestants in the locality of the school were choosing to go there.

    The Department of Education have also stated that they are in preliminary discussions with five other private fee paying schools with the intention of moving to the public system.

    Note: At present the pupil:teacher ratio for fee paying schools is 23:1 as opposed to 19:1 for non-fee paying schools.

    Presumably these are decisions based on securing a future for their schools.
    No he said couldn't afford to go there , not choosing.

    It's is a very good school and I'm glad my kids had their education there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clanrickard View Post
    The sooner they cut your pay to shut you up the better.
    Cutting his pay won't shut him up. In much the same way, you are always told how stupid you are, doesn't shut you up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    Surely publicising private schools will cost the state more money? I.e. loss of fees must be taken on by the state to pay groundstaff, admin etc.
    It may do, but at least one of the admissions criteria, the ability to pay private school fees, will be removed.

    Much fairer considering that almost every 'private' school in Ireland which charges fees has its teaching staff costs met by taxpayers, most of whom couldn't afford to send their kids to these schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalipa View Post
    No he said couldn't afford to go there , not choosing.

    It's is a very good school and I'm glad my kids had their education there
    I don't think he did . . . Can always watch at 9 though.

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    This is certainly not good news for the taxpayer.

    Private schools have their teacher salaries paid for by the taxpayer but get no capitation grants to cover everything else. Public schools do get the capitation grants, which can run into the hundreds of thousands per school.

    This move will be paid for by the taxpayer no doubt.

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