Thursday, 11 February 1988
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mrs. Hussey: asked the Minister for Education the length of time it is intended for the latest committee to be set up by her, the Review of Primary Education, to take for its work; and if Circular 20/87 will take effect before the conclusion of the review.
As I stated previously, no change under Circular 20/87 will take place before 30 June 1988 in order to give the Primary Quota Review Committee an adequate opportunity to carry out their task of reviewing the position in each school affected by the circular.
Mrs. Hussey: Without making a speech, will the Minister answer yes or  no to some simple questions? Does the pupil-teacher ratio come within the terms of reference of the latest primary body and will Circular 20/87 become operative before the primary review body have concluded their work? I ask both those questions because both the INTO and the National Parents Council stated quite clearly that Circular 20/87 is part of the primary review.
Mrs. O'Rourke: ——and, as the whole world knows, demographic changes mean pupil-teacher ratios. Of course it will deal with pupil-teacher ratios. I would not tell the esteemed chairman in what way he should do his business. We have been very lucky in securing the chairman that we have. Next Thursday I will be launching that review and the  terms of reference of the review will be made public. It would be entirely incorrect——
Mrs. O'Rourke: I intend to do this now. Deputy Bruton has been amazingly interested in the educational sector and I think he is preparing his own little red book. I would be very keen to have a look at it.
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