PRIORITY THREE. Truly free education for all children

Truly free education for all children

Every child should have an equal access to education and full participation should not be based on their parents’ ability to pay. Since 2005, Barnardos has been highlighting the substantial costs incurred by parents in subsidising the underfunded school system.

  • As a first step, the next government must commit to ensuring that primary school education will be free to all children within the lifetime of the next government.
  • Develop a roadmap for the introduction of free second level education for all young people.