Primary schools given €17m science boost

Funding of €17m is being allocated to primary schools to buy science materials for pupils.

Funding of €17m is being allocated to primary schools to buy science materials for pupils.

The Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, said the special one-off grant aims to introduce children to science subjects as soon as possible.

Each school will receive a grant of €1,000 plus €10 euro per pupil.

This means that a school with 200 pupils will receive total funding of €3,000.

Ms Hanafin said: “With the funding, schools will be able to buy additional resources to help children explore, investigate and solve problems in the physical world.”

The money will go towards classroom materials like lenses, magnifiers, magnets, thermometers and measuring equipment.

Earlier this year, the Minister allocated €16m to post-primary schools for building laboratories and science-related equipment, as recommended by the Report of the Task Force on the Physical Sciences.

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