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September 2017

OECD Publishes Education at a Glance 2017

Education at a Glance 2017 published by the OECD shows Ireland is underfunding primary education relative to other levels of education.

The report which compares education systems across the globe shows that in Ireland, lowest spending is to be found at primary level. For every 8 euro spent on a primary pupil, 11 is spent at second level and 14 at third level.

Sheila Nunan said the report clearly shows that primary education is the Cinderella of the education system when it comes to funding. “It is unacceptable that other levels of education are better funded,” she said. “This blatant inequity must be addressed in Budget 2018 next month.”

The report shows that Irish teachers are among the most productive.

They teach more pupils than teachers in other countries. The average class size in Irish primary schools is 25 compared to EU average of 20 pupils per class.

Irish primary teachers teach more hours than teachers in other countries. Irish primary teachers teach for 915 hours per year compared to EU 22 average of 767 hours.

Education at a Glance 2017  is a source of information on the state of education around the world including Ireland. It provides information on the financial and human resources invested in education, access, participation and progression in education and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

Check out the Press Release here.


Date: Tuesday, 12 September 17