Subsiding fee-paying schools

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – It is not surprising to read that many parents continue to cough up for private education in this country even though fees are on the rise (Carl O’Brien, ‘Parents face gridlock over private school places’, News, December 28th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 2 January]


Fee-paying schools and taxpayers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – When the perennial debate on the issue of fee-paying educational institutions in receipt of taxpayer subsidies surfaces, the formidable middle class and well-resourced recipient private schools rush to defend the indefensible …” (more)

[Tom Cooper, Irish Times, 31 December]


Rising fees lead many to question value of private education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Not so long ago many private schools were struggling to retain pupils and contemplating entering the ‘free’ secondary school scheme. How times have changed. Enrolments for fee-paying schools have bounced back to boom-time levels and many in the Dublin area are heavily oversubscribed and turning away pupils in their droves …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 December]


Private schools keep grip on high-points college courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Click here to download the full 2019 Feeder School tables. Pupils emerging from private schools are keeping a strong grip on the most sought-after third-level courses, despite millions being spent on narrowing the class gap in education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Peter McGuire and Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 3 December]

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Research shows that parents really do get what they pay for

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“All parents want what is best for their child, but will often ask if it is worth sending their son or daughter to a fee-paying school. For some, it is not an option as not everyone has the financial means to meet the associated costs. Those who do must weigh up these costs with the perceived benefits of sending children to fee-paying schools …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 30 January]

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Revealed: The new No 1 secondary school in the country

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fee-paying schools continue to dominate when it comes to sending students to third level colleges, the Sunday Independent school league tables reveal. Out of more than 700 schools analysed nationwide, just six have maintained a 100% record in sending students on to higher education over an eight year period, the new figures reveal …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor, Independent, 28 January]

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Private School Dominance in High Points Courses Needs to be Understood

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on December 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A recent report, published by the Irish Times, uncovered the fact that there is a steady rise in the number of students progressing from fee-paying secondary schools to high-points courses. More private school students are attending the top courses in the top institutions than ever before …” (more)

[Kate Lawler, University Times, 23 December]

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Private schools tighten grip on top university places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Pupils from private schools are tightening their grip on places in high-points third-level courses, despite millions of euro being spent on programmes to widen access to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Private school scholarship schemes only point up the crushing inequality in education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 22nd, 2014 by steve

“As a retired principal of a second-level DEIS (Delivering Equality In Schools) school serving a designated disadvantaged area, I watch with interest the regular debates about private versus public education …” (more)

[Irish Times, 22 April]

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The effect of abolishing university fees in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“This morning’s Irish Times headlines the ‘league tables’ they have just produced showing how private schools send a disproportionate number of students to university and especially to the more prestigious high-point courses. So far, so familiar …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 26 November]

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More schools send all pupils to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 26th, 2013 by steve

“Non fee-paying schools dominate the 2013 league tables for sending students into third-level education, accounting for three-quarters of the top 100 schools. However students from fee-paying schools and Gaelscoileanna claim the vast majority of places that have a high entry-point requirement …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 November]

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Good education as a basic right? Not in this ‘pop contest’ of a show

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2013 by steve

“Which candidates among five disadvantaged 11-year-old boys would be permitted a free education at the €5,000-a-year Belvedere College, whose distinguished alumni include James Joyce, AJ O’Reilly, Garret FitzGerald, Terry Wogan, Richard Bruton and Adrian Hardiman? …” (more)

[Independent, 7 September]

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Are private schools really better than public schools? Evidence for Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 8th, 2011 by steve

Since private schools cost more than public schools one might assume that they are better academically. An alternative view is that parents are paying for something else like prestige, social capital, access to networks for their children …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 8 August]

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