386 Schools To Undergo Improvements

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has announced that a further 386 schools across every county in Ireland will be able to undertake school improvements this summer.

More than 101,000 pupils will benefit from the second round of the Summer Works Scheme which aims to upgrade toilets and roofs in primary and secondary schools nationwide.

Almost €35m is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills under the second round of funding for the Summer Works Scheme (SWS) 2014.

This follows an announcement in March by Minister Quinn that 386 schools would also receive funding to the tune of almost €36m to undertake gas, electrical and mechanical works.

Speaking at Rathgar National School in Dublin today, one of the schools who will be receiving funding to upgrade their toilet facilities, Minister Quinn said: "We want to ensure that all of our children are safe, warm and secure in their schools.

"I have approved the spending of more than €70 million on the Summer Works Scheme in total to allow 772 schools undertake vital improvement works during the summer months when pupils are on holidays in order to minimise any disruption to the schooling.

"Despite the difficult economic environment, we are continuing to prioritise investment in school buildings which will enhance the learning and working environment for pupils and teachers."


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