In 2005, secondary education schools received parental contributions to the amount of 122 million euro, as against 85 million euro in 2000.
The amounts received differed widely from school to school. In 2005 nearly half of schools receiving parental contributions reported an amount up to 100 euro per pupil per year in their financial accounts, whereas 14 percent of schools received more than 300 euro per pupil per year.
Parental contributions are spent on extra activities beyond the normal teaching programme, like excursions and cultural activities, additional teaching materials and other school-related facilities. Some schools offer extra classes, where, for example, arts, sports and dance or bilingual lessons are taught. Such schools often request higher contributions from the parents.
Parental contributions received per pupil in secondary education, 20051)