Brennan, Seamus

Thursday, 14 May 1992

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 419 No. 7

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Dublin School Accommodation.

Was asked: if he is prepared to respond positively to the request for a meeting from the parents association of Jobstown Community College, Dublin 24 to discuss the urgent accommodation problem at the school and...More Button

Since I became Minister for Education I have received numerous requests for deputations with regard to school building projects. Because I have extensive commitments relating to other Department work,...More Button

I am not unsympathetic to the Deputy's point and I understand the needs of the area. On 8 June 1989 the Minister agreed to go ahead with the purchase of the site and new accommodation was provided the...More Button

I will be happy to have some senior officials meet with them at this stage. I do not see much point in raising expectations. Since becoming Minister for Education I have tried to set my face against m...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Care of the Mentally Handicapped.

Was asked: if he will outline his proposals, if any, to take over additional responsibility for the care of the mentally handicapped and special education, as at present the sub-dividing of this responsibility b...More Button

It is not my intention, nor would I regard it as appropriate, that my Department should take over full responsibility for the care of the mentally handicapped.More Button

I wish it was that simple. I share the Deputy's concern that we should not subject the mentally handicapped to any bureaucracy. We should certainly stamp out the possibility of falling between two st...More Button

I will certainly do that. I want to recommit myself to removing any lack of co-ordination or gap between Departments when it comes to the handicapped. I might remind the Deputy that in the introductio...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Higher Education Memorandum.

Was asked: the measures he proposes to take to implement the recommendations on higher education and regional development contained in the Memorandum on Higher Education in the European Community, and if he will...More Button

I have had one formal meeting with my counterparts in the European Community at an informal Council of Education Ministers. However, there are almost daily contacts between my officials and officials ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Purchase of Carysfort College.

Was asked: the action he is taking in the light of the observations and recommendations contained in the Committee of Public Accounts First Interim Report on the 1990 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor Genera...More Button

I believe the report, with evidence, is currently being printed. The Deputy should be aware of the procedure on this issue. After laying it before the Dáil, the Committee of Public Accounts formally r...More Button

I want to make it clear that I will allow nothing to be hidden in regard to this issue. I am bound by the procedures laid down by the Committee of Public Accounts. I propose to follow those procedure...More Button

I have not yet had an opportunity to address or consider that question. I am bound to stand over what is in my departmental Estimates and what has been agreed in regard to them. I have not yet actuall...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Developments in Education.

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the new education article in the Treaty of Maastricht, he will outline the action he proposes to take in 1992 in developing the European dimension in education, particularly thro...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

Was asked: if, in the context of the Treaty on European Union, he will give details of the additional emphasis he proposes for (a) the teaching of European languages in primary and post-primary schools and (b) i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 5, 35, 37, 42, 72, 75, 87, 88 and 92 together. In the introduction to the education Green Paper which I published recently I indicated that Irish education must now ed...More Button

I published the introduction to the Green Paper on Education so that the teachers' conferences would be afforded an opportunity — in a short document — to ascertain the direction in which the Minister...More Button

The introduction to the Green Paper sets out the dramatic initiatives to be undertaken in regard to languages. For example, I am in favour of giving 60 per cent of marks for the oral Irish examination...More Button

I have not yet approved the final text of the Green Paper. I have approved certain drafts of it and obviously I will approve the final document in time for it to be published by the end of May. With r...More Button

Tá a lán Gaeilge sa chóras bun-oideachais faoi láthair i ngach scoil náisiúnta sa tír. Tá sé molta sa Pháipéar Glas go gcuirfí béim 60 faoin gcéad ar labhairt na Gaeilge agus 40 faoin gcéad ar an nGae...More Button

I share the Deputy's sense of urgency about the matter and I will try to move on it as quickly as I can. I have formally proposed in the introduction to the Green Paper the introduction of continenta...More Button

Obviously, the practicalities will have to be worked out. If pupils are exposed to a continental language obviously we will have to look at the time devoted to the teaching of other subjects. As I sai...More Button

I do not accept the findings of the review body in that regard. Taking account of the debate that will take place over the next few months, I will proceed with the introduction of continental language...More Button

There are too many people leaving the system, not just at primary level but at every level, who have not reached the required standard in literacy, numeracy and basic skills, and that is a concern. Th...More Button

——and that pupils are assessed — a debate on this matter will ensure in the next few months — as they go through the system so that those who need special attention will receive it. The Deputy is quit...More Button

I will simply have to consider the content of teacher training. Once we take the decision to proceed with an exposure to languages at primary school level the next difficulty I must consider is how to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pupil Assessment.

Was asked: if he is satisfied that adequate back-up will be made available to national school teachers if official assessment of pupils is introduced in view of the fact that such teachers have, over the years, ...More Button

It is part of the role of teachers in national schools to monitor the ongoing progress of pupils and to endeavour to assist in the development of weaker children. As part of the proposals in the Green...More Button

Of course one can find out the position from any teacher in any classroom, but my proposal is to find it out not by folklore, by anecdotes or by rumour; I need to find it out more formally so that I c...More Button

The Deputy is good at sums. There are 945 remedial teachers covering 1,400 primary schools. I agree that more of these teachers are needed but I am satisfied that they are doing what needs to be done ...More Button

No, because the figure of 40 per cent represents only the present achievement. I will have much more accurate knowledge as to where I need to direct resources. It is simply a means of identifying the ...More Button

I have said on many platforms in recent weeks that these are proposals for debate. If the Deputy has other ages in mind and other evidence to supply, I will take that into account. I am not stuck with...More Button

Because it is my duty to put forward proposals. I selected those ages because they are sufficiently wide apart.More Button

It is generally acknowledged that seven is the age at which one should assess how a child is getting on. The age of 15 is coming up to the junior certificate and that is also a good time to assess. Th...More Button

If the Deputy feels strongly about 12, I will consider it.More Button

There will always be a problem of resources in education. No Minister for Education will ever have the resources that he or she needs to do everything that would be wished. It is incumbent on any Mini...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Teacher Welfare Service.

Was asked: if he will outline (1) the plans he has to introduce a welfare service for teachers (2) the remit of the service and (3) the number of welfare officers to be appointed; and if he will make a statement...More Button

A proposal for the establishment of a welfare service for teachers has been submitted to my Department by one of the teacher unions. This will be examined in the context of general proposals relating ...More Button

I do not have the resources to proceed at this time but I will continue my discussions with the teachers union in question to see how I can help them. I have been in my classrooms since taking up this...More Button

We need a mixture of the bright young sparks and experienced teachers. It is an idea in which I am very interested. There is a substantial Exchequer implication in large scale early retirement and I a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Schools for Disabled.

Was asked: whether the differential in pupil/teacher ratio between schools for persons with a disability, and similar schools for the able-bodied, have been based on recent analysis of the time required for indi...More Button

The method of allocation of additional resources for pupils with disabilities is determined from time to time by my Department following advice from the special education inspectorate and in the light...More Button

I do not accept that there is an ideal pupil-teacher ratio for the handicapped. There are eight different specialist clinical grades and the children are educated in special schools, in special classe...More Button

Over many years there has been regular analysis of the pupil-teacher ratio. Review bodies and groups also made regular reports. Another review body, under the chairmanship of the former Secretary of t...More Button

I would like to make more progress in this area. We need more non-professional staff, particularly in the special schools, and I will make every effort to improve the situation in these schools.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hewetson (Kildare) School.

Was asked: if he will allow a new class extension at Hewetson school, Millicent, Clane, County Kildare to proceed in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the provision of a new classroom extension to Hewetson School in Clane, County Kildare, in the knowledge that there has been overcrowding in the existing school since 1987,...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the current position in relation to the provisions of a new classroom extension for Hewetson School, Millicent, Clane, County Kildare; the reason an official of his Department faile...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 9, 38 and 107 together. It is proposed to provide a permanent extension at Hewetson national school, County Kildare which will comprise a standard classroom. A staff r...More Button

Deputy Power has repeatedly made strong representations to me about this school. All I can tell him is that the way is now clear for the preparation of tender documents. I will examine the case again ...More Button

I understand the position is as I explained in my reply to the questions. The official in question decided that his immediate subordinate, and another staff member, would meet the deputation as he ha...More Button

I could not make policy decisions on the basis of gestures. I regret that any ill-feeling was caused by the way the deputation were dealt with. I am sure my official would also wish me to extend his r...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Primary Education.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the contents of the booklet issued by the National Parents Council entitled The Cost of Free Education; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 18, 51, 53, 61, 91, 93 and 94 together. I am aware of the publication of The Cost of Free Education booklet by the National Parents Council.More Button

I am not satisfied at the level of capitation grants for primary schools, which is now £28 per pupil. Another 25 per cent, £7 per pupil, has to be provided locally. I would like to avail of this oppor...More Button

It would be unfair to give any guarantee for the coming school year. All I can do today is acknowledge that I understand the problem. For example, I am aware insurance premiums have risen. That is an ...More Button

Under a number of headings special provisions are being made for disadvantaged areas. For example, extra allotments of remedial teachers and extra allotments of teachers generally and a number of sche...More Button

I reject that approach. My task is to raise the contribution to less well off schools, not necessarily to lower the contribution to other schools who can provide greater local contributions. We have t...More Button

Yes, we are doing a substantial amount of that by targeting the disadvantaged schemes to the disadvantaged areas. The country has been bedevilled with constitutional debate and constitutional argument...More Button

Yes. Whether drama, music, swimming and those type of activities are included in that definition would keep constitutional lawyers busy for many a long day. As I said earlier, my own particular philo...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Bulgaden (Limerick) National School.

Was asked: if he will make a statement of his intentions regarding numbers of teachers in Bulgaden national school, County Limerick.More Button

The staffing of a national school is determined by the enrolment in the school on the 30 September of the previous year. This is in accordance with the agreement on staffing made between the Governmen...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Primary School Building Allocations.

Was asked: if he will outline the extent to which sums allocated to date have exhausted the financial provisions made by the Government in the context of the 1992 Estimates for the primary and secondary school b...More Button

Was asked: the total moneys available for capital works in respect of school buildings in 1992; the amount allocated between the budget and his appointment; his proposals for expenditure of any funds further rem...More Button

I propose taking Questions Nos. 12 and 86 together. The 1992 capital allocation for primary school building is £14 million and £17.225 million for secondary building. These building programmes are ong...More Button

The system does not work that way. There are ongoing contractual commitments. There are needs for new prefabricated accommodation. There is rationalisation work going on. There is new work commencing....More Button

I have no further funds at my disposal for 1992 for any major works other than emergency works and ongoing matters which are carried over from last year. Indeed, we are already beginning to commit som...More Button

It does not necessarily mean that at all. I will honour legal commitments and I will stand over any formal commitments given by any of my predecessors. I will be submitting all the various projects to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Religious Education in National Schools.

Was asked: if he has considered the recent report entitled, the Place of Religious Education in the National School System; if he will outline his response to the report; if he intends to act on any of its recom...More Button

I presume the Deputy in referring to a recent report has in mind that prepared by the education committee of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and which received publicity in the media recentl...More Button

The Attorney General has suggested to me that I should await seeking his advice on constitutional aspects of this matter until the High Court has indicated its views. At that time I will, of course, s...More Button

There is mention of this in the introduction to the Green Paper and the full Green Paper will go into it in greater detail. I will listen carefully to that debate.More Button

Written Answers. - Castleknock (Dublin) Second Level School.

Was asked: if he has made a decision not to build a second level school in the Castleknock area where a site is awaiting a school for nearly ten years; if so, whether such a decision was made on the basis of the...More Button

My Department is satisfied that the needs of the Castleknock pupils can continue to be met by the post-primary schools which currently cater for the majority of them. The question of the provision of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Rathcoffey (Kildare) National School.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the commencement of an extension to Rathcoffey national school in County Kildare, which was approved by his Department eight years ago, and involves the building of two cla...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline his plans for improving the facilities at Rathcoffey national school, County Kildare; if he will give details of the proposed timescale for the works and the remaining development s...More Button

I propose taking Questions Nos. 15 and 115 together. It is proposed to provide a permanent extension at Rathcoffey National School, County Kildare which will contain two standard classrooms. One of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in view of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a state...More Button

Was asked: if he proposes an upward revision of the income qualifying guidelines for the higher education grants scheme in the light of the recent announcement of university fee increases; and if he will make a ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 16, 48, 58, 66, 71, 81, 84, and 101 together. The income eligibility limits for the Higher Education Grants Scheme is one of the issues being considered by my Departme...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Teachers.

Was asked: if he will arrange for the provision of a remedial teacher for the rural south Wicklow area to service, on a shared basis, primary schools at Shillelagh, Coolboy and Carnew.More Button

Was asked: if he will sanction a remedial teaching post for certain schools (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 63 together. As the Deputy will be aware, 80 additional remedial posts serving over 240 schools were allocated in the current school year as part of a national ...More Button

Written Answers. - St. Patrick's Training College (Dublin).

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he proposes introducing legislation for the future management and development of St. Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 23, 26, 40, 46, 49, 70 and 77 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Dublin School Teaching Staff.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the situation of the Holy Child Infant School, Larkhill, Dublin 9, which stands to lose a teacher this year because it is one pupil below the number required to reta...More Button

The staffing of a national school is determined by the enrolment in the school on the 30th September of the previous year. This is in accordance with the agreement on staffing made between the Governm...More Button

Written Answers. - Kenmare (Kerry) Community School.

Was asked: if he will outline the present position in regard to the provision of a new community school at Kenmare, County Kerry.More Button

Arrangements have been agreed to purchase the site for the proposed new Community School at Kenmare.More Button

Written Answers. - Cashel (Tipperary) School.

Was asked: the up-to-date position with the proposed community school in Cashel, County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has requested the Design Team to incorporate certain revisions in the tender documents for the project. When the revised documents have been received, tenders will be invited for the pro...More Button

Written Answers. - Marketing and Administration Degree.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious difficulties facing a number of students of the College of Marketing and Design following a recent decision not to award a degree to students who have co...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 39 students at the College of Marketing and Design have been informed, within two weeks of their final examination, that despite clear and explicit com...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the position in relation to the diploma in marketing administration course in the College of Marketing and Design, Dublin, in view of the commitments given to the students in questi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 24, 39, 85, 60, 64, 68, 65 and 108 together. My attention has been drawn to a difficulty in relation to the validation of a course in the College of Marketing and Desi...More Button

Written Answers. - University Education.

Was asked: the plans he has to redress the imbalance in relation to access to university education which arise from socio-economic/geographical factors; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would refer the Deputy to my speech in the House on 18th February, 1992 in which I outlined in full the Government's commitment to education including measures to promote increased access to third l...More Button

Written Answers. - Regional Colleges.

Was asked: if he will give details of the 28 smaller projects at ten regional colleges which are to be funded under the community support framework; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Details of projects at the ten regional colleges which are funded under the Community Support Framework are as follows: Athlone RTC — Multipurpose Centre, Information Technology, Lecture Rooms, Labora...More Button

Written Answers. - Castlerea (Roscommon) School.

Was asked: if, in view of the contradictory reports and amendments on whether the proposed new community secondary school at Castlerea, County Roscommon, will commence building this summer, he will make a statem...More Button

A tender has been accepted for the Castlerea community school project and construction will commence shortly.More Button

Written Answers. - County Donegal School.

Was asked: the reason for the delay in having a two room extension provided at Kerrykeel national school, County Donegal, which was sanctioned in April 1991; when the construction of the extension will commence;...More Button

A sketch plan is being prepared for the proposed extension to Kerrykeel National School, County Donegal when completed it will be sent to the school authorities to enable them to apply for Local Autho...More Button

Written Answers. - Central Model Schools.

Was asked: if he will give details of his special responsibility for the Central Model Schools, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, as patron.More Button

My responsibility as patron of the Central Model School is similar to that of patrons generally of national schools under my Department's rules. With the establishment of Boards of Management that res...More Button

Written Answers. - Kilkee (Clare) College.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the appalling conditions under which the teachers and pupils of Kilkee community college in County Clare are working and the fact that this situation exists for year...More Button

I am aware of the conditions at this school. While the 1992 post-primary capital allocation is almost fully committed, the question of what additional projects may be allowed to proceed to tender will...More Button

Written Answers. - Primary Teacher Training.

Was asked: the number of males who completed primary teacher training in each of the years between 1988 and 1991; the number of females for the same year; and the planned total intake for the year beginning Sept...More Button

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Written Answers. - Third Level Funding.

Was asked: if he will outline the educational reasons his Department continue to invest heavily in third level facilities in the Dublin region as compared to deprived regions throughout the country; and if he wi...More Button

My Department's third level ongoing capital programme is targeted at ensuring that an equitable provision of capital resources are provided nationally. The total cost of the present programme which co...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Grants.

Was asked: if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon who is a spina bifida victim and who is entitled to receive the disabled person's maintenance allowance because of his dis...More Button

Roscommon County Council is the relevant local authority and the body statutorily entrusted with the administration of the Higher Education Grants Scheme in this case. The local authority contacted my...More Button

Written Answers. - Enterprise Culture.

Was asked: if he will outline the main features of the concept of an enterprise culture as stated in An Introduction to the Education Green Paper, 1992; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would outline the main features of education for an enterprise culture broadly as an education aimed at developing in young people enterprising qualities such as initiative, creativity, self-confide...More Button

Written Answers. - Cork City Remedial Teachers.

Was asked: the number of remedial teachers appointed in Cork City in each of the last four years; and the way in which this compares with the number appointed in the previous four years.More Button

In the case of national schools, the information requested by the Deputy is in the form of a tabular statement which I propose to circulate with the Official Report. The Deputy will appreciate that th...More Button

Written Answers. - University Extension Funding.

Was asked: if he will give details of the major extensions to (1) Dublin City University (2) St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (3) University College, Cork and (4) University College, Galway which are to be funded...More Button

Details of the four university building and equipping projects which are being funded under the Community support Framework are as follows: Science and Technology at Dublin City University;More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching of Russian.

Was asked: if, in view of recent political and economic developments in Russia, and taking into account Russian progress towards a market economy with particular regard to the very strong Russian presence at Sha...More Button

A draft syllabus in Russian as a Leaving Certificate subject has been drawn up by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The practical implications of implementing it are under considera...More Button

Written Answers. - Cork Schools.

Was asked: the number of schools in Cork city and county that are awaiting sanctions for building or extension; the length of the waiting period in each case; whether tenders were invited in each case; if so, wh...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in a tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report. Post-Primary Building/Extension Projects in Cork City and County — 1992 The ...More Button

Written Answers. - Staff Embargo.

Was asked: when he will lift the embargo on the replacement of ancillary staff in special schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

By ancillary staff, I take it the Deputy is referring to child care assistants, caretakers and secretaries.More Button

Written Answers. - Student Assessment.

Was asked: if he will outline his Department's assessment of the number of students to enter third level education in each of the next ten years in the (1) university sector, (2) RTC sector, (3) Dublin Institute...More Button

Detailed sectoral and regional projections of the number of entrants to third-level education as requested by the Deputy are not available. Projections made by my Department indicate that the number o...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Entitlements.

Was asked: if he has received representations from a person (details supplied) in County Dublin concerning their pension entitlements following the closure of Carysfort Teacher Training College; when a solution ...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline the progress which has been made in his investigation of the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 20 concerning his pension entitlements while employed in Carysfort College...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 117 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Green Paper on Education.

Was asked: the reason the Irish language got so little mention in his An Introduction to the Education Green Paper 1992; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Introduction to the Green Paper endeavours to cover a very wide range of matters in the education area. Of its nature, therefore, the Introduction cannot give an extended treatment of any one topi...More Button

Written Answers. - School-yard Bullying.

Was asked: if he will outline the consideration he is giving to the problem of bullying in schools; if he has received any representations about the matter; whether he intends to facilitate parents or pupils who...More Button

My Department issued a circular to the authorities of primary and post-primary schools containing “Guidelines Towards a Positive Policy for School Behaviour and Discipline” together with “A Suggested ...More Button

Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: if he will outline the pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools at present and for each of the past five years; if he will outline his views on the trend indicated; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The pupil-teacher ratio at primary level was 27.5: 1 in the 1988/89 school year and following successive improvements in the staffing appointment/retention schedule has been reduced to 25.8: 1 in the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Quality Education Development.

Was asked: if he will outline the proposals Ireland has in mind to take advantage of the Maastricht Treaty provision that the EC shall contribute to the development of quality education.More Button

I intend that Ireland will contribute fully within the framework of the Education Council in developing specific proposals for Community action in the specific areas. It will also adopt a positive app...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Grants.

Was asked: if he will outline the specific plans, if any, his Department has for establishing grants for people wishing to pursue open university courses; and if he will provide a timetable for the implementatio...More Button

I have no plans at present for establishing grants for people wishing to pursue open university courses. Grants awarded under the Higher Education Grants Scheme are tenable in respect of full-time att...More Button

Written Answers. - Adult Literacy Statistics.

Was asked: the percentage of Irish adults estimated as being functionally illiterate; whether it is correct that the Irish figure is considered to be twice the estimated figure for the European Community; if so,...More Button

As I indicated in a reply to a recent parliamentary question, there is an acknowledged problem of adult illiteracy, in particular, that of functional illiteracy, in all developed countries. There is n...More Button

Written Answers. - Capitation Levels.

Was asked: the level of capitation at second and third level education for the years 1987 to 1992.More Button

The rate of per capita grant in secondary schools was £140 between 1987 and 1989 inclusive. It was increased to its present level of £150 from January, 1990. However, commencing in September 1992, an ...More Button

Written Answers. - EC Council of Education Ministers.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the EC Council of Education Ministers meeting held on 10-11 April; if he will outline (a) the matters discussed, (b) the decisions taken and (c) the implications for the...More Button

The main topic of the informal Education Council was: A strategy for the development of Higher Education. It was chosen by the Presidency which provided a Note to guide the discussions. Because of its...More Button

Written Answers. - Technical Education.

Was asked: whether he has any proposals to extend the provision of technical education and its promotion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In July, 1989, all second-level schools were informed of the intention to introduce a new Technology programme on a phased basis in a selected number of schools in the 1989-90 school-year, and to exte...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Services.

Was asked: if he will outline the improvements he intends to make in back-up services to psychological, services; if he has had any discussions with the Minister for Health in relation to these; and if he will m...More Button

My Department has established a pilot psychological service for primary schools. This service currently operates in two designated areas, Tallaght/Clondalkin and South Tipperary, and its effectiveness...More Button

Written Answers. - Brownstown (Kildare) School.

Was asked: if he will seek Government approval for a Supplementary Estimate for his Department to provide the necessary finance to build a national school at Brownstown, County Kildare, in 1992; and if he will m...More Button

I have recently authorised the invitation of tenders in June, 1992 for the provision of the proposed new national school at Brownstown, County Kildare with a view to their receipt in July, 1992. Subje...More Button

Written Answers. - State Agency Appointments.

Was asked: if he will outline the persons he or his predecessor have appointed to boards of State agencies since the terms of the review of the Joint Programme for Government was agreed on 18 October 1991; and, ...More Button

No appointments have been made to boards of State agencies under the aegis of my Department since 18 October 1991.More Button

Written Answers. - Parenting Classes.

Was asked: if he will outline any specific plans he has for the implementation of parenting classes in schools, especially in disadvantaged areas; and if he will provide a timetable for their implementation.More Button

Among the special supports currently provided to certain schools in Disadvantaged Areas is the Home/ School/Community/Liaison Programme. The focus of this Programme is to support local schools in esta...More Button

Written Answers. - County Kildare All-Irish Schools.

Was asked: if he will outline the number and location of all-Irish primary schools in County Kildare; if it is intended to increase the number of such schools in the near future; whether it is intended to improv...More Button

There are two all Irish national schools in Kildare at Leixlip and Kilcock. There is no application before my Department at present seeking approval to the establishment of a new all Irish School in t...More Button

Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate Timetable.

Was asked: the reason it appears that two subjects, Spanish and Technical Drawing, have been allotted the same time on the leaving certificate examination timetable, thus causing difficulties for students taking...More Button

Considerable thought is given each year to the scheduling of subjects within the Timetable of the certificate examinations with special account being taken of the number of candidates taking each subj...More Button

Written Answers. - Vocational Leaving Certificate Subjects.

Was asked: if he will outline the subjects offered as part of the vocational leaving certificate programme; and the position of the following in the programme (1) home economics, (2) art, craft and design and (3...More Button

The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme offers a Leaving Certificate course in at least five subjects including Irish, 2 subjects from Construction, Engineering and Technical Drawing; a modern co...More Button

Written Answers. - Registration Council for Secondary Teachers.

Was asked: if, in relation to the Registration Council for Secondary Teachers, he will outline (a) the way in which the council is funded and the amounts of its funding over each of the past five years, (b) the ...More Button

The Registration Council is funded by registration fees, assessment fees, dividends and redemption of stock. Income over the past five years was: 1987 — £8,617; 1988 — £7,004; 1989 — £8,905.61; 1990 —...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if he will list the persons who are engaged by him as advisers, and if he will outline the aspects of educational policy or administration on which these advisers are concentrating.More Button

Mr. Richard Doyle has been appointed as Special Adviser to the Minister for Education. In that capacity he advises me on all aspects of educational policy and development. Mr. David Treacy has been ap...More Button

Written Answers. - Teacher Training Colleges.

Was asked: if he will outline the number of students to be admitted into teacher training colleges in 1992; the means by which students will be selected, and whether this involves interviews or any kind of tests...More Button

The intake of students into the Colleges of Education for 1992 will be decided shortly, and I will notify the Deputy of the position. Selection of students for places in the Colleges will be based on ...More Button

Written Answers. - Ardclough (Kildare) School.

Was asked: if he will outline his plans for the provision of permanent facilities at Ardclough national school, County Kildare, and his schedule for the proposals, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is proposed to provide a permanent extension of two standard classrooms at Ardclough National School, County Kildare and to adopt the existing premises so as to provide a standard classroom and som...More Button

Written Answers. - Scoil Iarbhunoideachais Lan-Ghaeilge.

Was asked: an bhfuil scrúdú na Roinne críochnaithe go fóill ar iarratas ó Choiste Gairmoideachais Chontae Átha Cliath ar scoil iarbhunoideachais lán-Ghaeilge a bhunú i dTamhlacht; agus cathain a nochtfar plean n...More Button

Tá an t-iarratas ó Choiste Gairmoideachais Chontae Átha Cliath ar iarbhunscoil lán-Ghaeltach a bhunú i dTamhlacht a chíoradh sa Roinn faoi láthair. Níltear i riocht fós a rá cathain a thiocfar ar bhre...More Button


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