I’m opening this strand to facilitate more specialized discussion on the cuts in Education proposed by An Bord Snip, which total €0.7 bn or 8% of the €9 billion currently spent in this area.
The proposed cuts include:
Structural efficiencies (e.g. amalgamation of some ITs and VECs).
Staffing reductions and productivity improvements (e.g. in the area of sick leave arrangements, special needs assistants, pupil-teacher ratios, and more teaching hours)
Programme adjustments (mainstreaming of traveller education, costbrecovery of school transport, PRTLI)