Kerry has second lowest spending rate per primary pupil.

Primary schools in the county have one of the lowest spending rates per pupil according to a new survey. The average spend per pupil in the county is 596 euro, only County Louth has a lower figure. The survey published in today`s Irish Examiner shows that the highest spend per student is over three times more than the Kerry figure.The INTO claims the statistics highlight a lack of funding for rural schools. Kerry representative Seamus Long says the Department of Education appears to favour bigger schools with more than 100 pupils. He says it’s a mistake to focus on centralising education in rural areas.

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