Tuesday, 10 November 1987
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Farrelly: asked the Minister for Education when schoolbook grants are allocated to principals of the primary and post-primary schools and if these moneys are supposed to be allocated for the books at the beginning or end of the school-term.
Minister for Education (Mrs. O'Rourke): Principal teachers of primary schools are invited to apply for the free book grant for necessitous pupils by a specified date each year, usually 30 April. The grants for claims received by that date are issued in June so that schools  will have funds for the scheme when the new school year begins the following September.
In the case of secondary, community and comprehensive schools, approximately 75 per cent of the grant is given in May as a provisional allocation for the coming school year. The balance is paid before Christmas. The principals of the schools have complete discretion in how the assistance is distributed to individual pupils.
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