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More support for private schools

By Iceland Review

The Educational Council of Reykjavík City decided this week to increase financial support to private elementary schools in the city from ISK 515,963 (EUR 5,700, USD 7,500) to ISK 600,000 (EUR 6,600, USD 8,700) per pupil.

According to Morgunbladid, the council wants to secure equality among pupils in Reykjavík with this increased support, which is expected to take immediate effect and funds are expected to be paid back in time, from January 1, 2007.

In exchange, the council expects the schools to reduce tuition fees by up to 10 percent. There are five private elementary schools in Reykjavík.

“The main problem of these schools appears to be that there are not enough pupils to secure a basis for running them,” said Júlíus Vífill Ingvarsson, head of Reykjavík Educational Council.

Invarsson added many parents were very satisfied with the private elementary schools and would prefer not to send their children to public schools.

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