The government has said that the State will provide free schoolbooks to all primary school children from next September as part of this year’s budget, which is set to be announced tomorrow.
This decision is following on from a pilot scheme that has run for the past two years providing free schoolbooks to children attending some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools.
It will be the first time in the history of the State that it has taken full responsibility for the cost of schoolbooks. It is a move that will bring Ireland in line with other European countries as well as other countries across the globe.
According to the Department of Education, €47m is to be allocated to the initiative as part of Budget 2023 and the measure is intended to be a permanent ongoing one.
The cost of books has always been a significant part of the financial burden faced by the families of school-going children so this new initiative will be a huge relief.