Sinn Féin Call On Govt To Offer Free Schoolbooks Scheme

The government have been urged to create a free schoolbook loan scheme in an effort to ease the financial burden on families preparing for their children's return to school.

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, made the call saying that it was time the government "recognised the hardship that buying schoolbooks is causing."

Mr Doherty added: "We are advocating state provision of books, to be loaned to students, returned at the end of the school year and passed on. Sinn Féin estimates that this could be achieved at a cost of €45 million in the first year, which would decrease after the initial period.

"A Barnardo's survey in July 2012 found that the average cost of sending a 12-year-old child to secondary school was €770 and a six-year-old to senior infants €355.

"Minister Quinn knows these figures and it is time he took action on this annual hardship for families."


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