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The facts about education in the Republic

Published 15/09/2009

  • There are 732 post primary schools in the Republic of Ireland
  • 388 of them are secondary schools that are privately owned and managed
  • Of these 388, 50 are fee-paying
  • 253 of them are vocational schools and community colleges
  • 77 are community schools
  • 14 are comprehensive schools
  • All schools receive funding from the Department of Education and Science although capitation grants vary depending on the type of school in question.
  • Since the 1998 Education Act, schools may choose students based on religious and educational philosophy as long as this is clearly stated in their admissions policy.
  • They cannot determine admissions on the basis of academic performance
  • A recent OECD report states that Ireland spends the third least amount of GDP on education even though literacy rates are among the highest

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