Quinn launches school book scheme guidelines

The Department of Education has launched new guidelines to help schools set up book rental schemes.

It is aimed at easing the burden on parents, and could save them 80% of the cost of buying new books.

A total of €15m has been set aside to help schools set up a rental system.

Education Minister Ruairí Quinn says it’ll benefit schools and parents: "There's quite a significant saving for parents who are making contributions to schoolbooks themselves.

"In disadvantaged schools, there is a grant for debt schools and some of that grant goes to a book scheme.

"But this is set out more clearly and enables parents to avail of a scheme that doesn't really cost them an awful lot of money."

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