Fee-paying secondary schools see increase in enrolments for second year in a row

60% of Irish private schools have reported a rise in pupil numbers

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The numbers enrolling in fee-paying secondary schools are up again, for the second year in a row.

The increase is seen as a sign that the economy is continuing to recover in the aftermath of the recession.

According to the Irish Independent, 60% of Irish private schools have reported a rise in pupil numbers.

Many schools have also hiked their fees, with the price now averaging between €4,000 and €7,000 a year.

The most expensive day school is St Columba's College in Rathfarnham in Dublin, where parents pay €14,832 for day boarders, or €12,426 for day pupils.

The Independent reports that the total number of fee-paying schools went from 55 to 51 between 2011 and 2014, with five schools entering the free education scheme. One school - Rockwell College in Co Tipperary - became fee-paying in 2014.