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22nd Mar 2023

Primary schools will receive €96 per pupil under free schoolbooks scheme from September

Clodagh McKeon


The scheme will cover schoolbooks, workbooks and copybooks

Primary Schools across Ireland are set to receive €96 per child from September under the government’s new free schoolbooks scheme.

Details of the €50 million scheme are due to be outlined by the Education Minister, Norma Foley, later today.

The costs will cover schoolbooks, workbooks, and copybooks for all primary school pupils which will be a huge help to parents next year.

This figure is based on data from a free school book pilot scheme which has operated in 102 DEIS primary schools since September 2020.

Every primary school and special school is included in this scheme which will benefit around 558,000 children nationwide.

The funding for this scheme was included in the 2023 Budget.

Speaking during the Budget announcement, Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said the scheme “is a reflection of the value we place on an education for all.”

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