EVERY week parents of private school students are losing their homes to bankruptcy actions taken by cash-strapped schools that can no longer wait for overdue fees.
There had been a 25 per cent increase in schools pursuing debtors to bankruptcy in the past year, said Roger Mendelson, the chief executive of Prushka, a debt collection agency that represents more than 400 private schools.
He said that as a result, “across the nation a few homes every week” were sold by trustees.
Mr Mendelson said the number would undoubtedly grow. "Schools are tightening their attitudes. Previously schools were prepared to carry debt and to put up with parents who had made promises and paid small amounts on the drip feed …
Any private school worth its salt can put up with a small percentage of their students’ parents going broke. Twas always the way. Its only the pretend fancy shcools that let in jumped up creamers that would need to peruse. mtanvillee and blrock are top of that list.
…heard it from the horses mouth yesterday that the best international school in Marbella ,which has many Uk and Irish kids,that the parents approaching the school about inability to pay fees were not the ones you’d expect,apparently its the people who were seen to have made their money and were set up for life !!..
In the last 10 years the state education sector in parts of Dublin has shrunk massively as parents opted to go private …also supported generously by the state .
There are fewer state school places in south dublin , per capita , than in any other part of Ireland .
It is likely if not probable that in september 2009 a massive number of kids will show up at these schools and that there is no place for them .
There will be a lot of indignant screaming and shouting in the media when that happens but state schools are allocated resources in september 2009 based on their enrollment numbers in september 2008 and cannot respond rapidly to sudden unforeseen demand no matter how much noise is made .
Therefore the ’ private sector’ in these areas will have to come up with some coping strategies to spread the demand load as they have these resources in place already as they had the numbers in september 2008 .
This is not easy to plan and it is even harder to do it equitably and when under constant bombardment by loud boors with an overinflated entitlement culture . The mummies will still insist that little Johnny does his extra curricular whatnots and that the school will have to pay for him …or the taxpayer …or both.
However there is no alternative, it must be done . Planning starts yesterday !
Back off topic for a moment, the public/private schools distinction can be a bit misleading, it is more appropriate to distinguish between Fee-paying private on the one hand and non-fee paying private & national schools on the other. There are also a lot of fee paying private schools outside Dublin in, for example, Cork and there are also a lot of fee-paying boarding schools in small towns across the country.
The thing of it is that national schools / religious schools in disadvantaged areas weren’t expecting the voluntary contributions in the way that religious schools in more prosperous areas were.