Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said the Government had protected Education as much as it could

Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said the Government had protected Education as much as it could

As part of its National Recovery Plan the Government has increased the student registration fee from €1,500 to €2,000.

This 33pc increase in the student contribution to the cost of third level education comes after numerous student protests against the introduction of further charges.

However, the increase is less than expected. The figure of €3,000 had been touted in the media.

Other measures

Seventy percent of programme expenditures outside of Social Protection are on Health and Education Spending, outlined the plan.

Other education changes see a 5pc reduction in a range of supports including grants for adult literacy, community education and school completion programmes.

PLC students will not be charged a new fee of €200.

There will also be a 5pc cut in non-pay grants to universities and institutes of technology.

Teachers entering their first public sector role will be subject to the 10pc reduction in pay of entrants into the public service.

The government also intends to reduce teacher numbers.

Supervision and substitution costs are expected to be tackled in the upcoming 2011 budget.

The total savings created in education are €182m for 2011 and €312m to 2014.

Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan said the Government had gone as far as it could to protect frontline education services over the four years of the plan.

John Gormley said the education spend was vital to protect the future of the country and was central in the rebuilding of the economy.