CHARITY SAYS 103 MILLION WOULD GENERATE FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR ALL
The charity Barnardos says paying parents more money could give their children better literacy skills.
The stats for last year show that children’s maths and reading skills increased by 4 percent, for every 1 percent more their parents earned.
More than 11,500 children were helped by the charity in 2015.
And Barnardos is urging political parties to make child welfare an election issue.
Head of advocacy June Tinsley says government investment could make a huge difference.
“The reality is while we do have a supposedly free education system, for parents they have to pay for school books, voluntary contributions, classroom resources – all those things which impact on a child’s participation in education” she said.
“And that’s what the barrier is”.
“As part of our ‘Rise Up’ campaign, we’ve done costings which shows that the government – if they invested 103 million – they would generate free primary education for all children” she added.