Schools criticised for failing to reduce the cost of putting children through school

The Oireachtas Education Committee has criticised schools for failing to reduce the cost of putting children through school.

It's published a new report calling on schools across the country to introduce generic uniforms, ban workbooks and start book rental schemes.

The Committee says patron bodies are suffering a 'vacuum of leadership' - and calls on them to formally respond to its recommendations.

The report's author, Labour's Aodhán Ó Riordán, says the relationship between schools and parents is becoming purely financial - with a knock-on effect on pupils:

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