It has come to light following findings from the McCarthy report, that students in fee-paying schools are allocated, on average €5,281 in spend on additional teachers, capital improvements and extra-curricular activities, per student.
The average grant per student in non-fee-paying schools is €507 annually. The difference in average payment rises to ten times as high if you compare the funding of the top the nine most expensive fee-paying schools.
If fee-paying schools are that much more expensive to run, then maybe in these austere times, these schools should be forced to reassess their budgets. Irish private schools have quite low fees in comparison to other countries. Take on top of that the fact that it is quite unusual for a state to pay the salaries of teachers of private schools.
As Mrs Antoinette once wasn't recorded as saying 'Let them eat cake'.
Fee-paying pupils have seven times more funds - The Irish Times - Tue, Mar 05, 2013