Bhreathnach, Niamh

Tuesday, 31 May 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 443 No. 4

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Westmeath Vocational Education Committee.

Was asked: if the pay and non-pay accounts of Westmeath Vocational Education Committee are overdrawn at present; if so, the amounts overdrawn in each case; if approval for this was sought or granted by her; if t...More Button

Every vocational education committee is obliged to make monthly returns available to my Department. The financial monitoring reports received by my Department from the County Westmeath Vocational Edu...More Button

I said in my reply that I am greatly concerned also. Under the terms of memorandum V.53 it is the duty of a CAO to ensure that expenditure is kept within limits imposed by the Minister in his/her app...More Button

I wish to restate what I said about the duties of the chief executive officer.More Button

It is the duty of a chief executive officer under the terms of memorandum V.53 to ensure that expenditure is kept within the limits imposed by the Minister.More Button

Deputies will appreciate that I must be careful because we are talking about unaudited figures. I have asked questions of the vocational education committee and I am awaiting its reply. In regard to...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Teacher Training Courses.

Was asked: the number of places that will be available in September 1994 to graduates who wish to become primary teachers; where this course will be conducted; the duration of the course; and if she will compare...More Button

The provision of a post-graduate course which would enable university graduates to train as primary teachers has been approved in principle. My Department is currently in discussion with the colleges ...More Button

I thank the Deputy for welcoming the announcement. Last year there was an extra intake into the three year training colleges. I share the Deputy's anxiety about a crash course. While I am able to a...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Transition Year Programme.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the anomalies which have arisen in relation to the transition year, including tests as to persons who may be suitable for inclusion; if she will ensure that all stud...More Button

Was asked: the steps, if any, she is taking to assist in the provision of facilities for students in their transition year.More Button

Was asked: the additional specific funding she is making available to enable second-level schools to introduce the transition year programme in a meaningful manner without the necessity for schools to impose fur...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the transition year programme and the leaving certificate vocational programme involves voluntary secondary schools in the development of school-based curricula, the planning of w...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the transition year programme and the leaving certificate vocational programme involves voluntary secondary schools in the development of school-based curricula, the planning of w...More Button

Was asked: the additional specific funding she is making available to enable second-level schools to introduce the transition year programme in a meaningful manner without the necessity for schools to impose fur...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6, 13, 17, 32, 46 and 74 together. I have taken the following steps to assist schools in providing the transition year programme. I have increased the rate of capitati...More Button

Resources are being made available for schools who opted to provide a transition year — 575 schools expressed the wish to offer the transition year programme from 1994. Of those, 416 are offering it ...More Button

Any contributions of a voluntary nature sought by any school must be voluntary. Each pupil participating in the transition year will receive the normal capitation grant given to any student. Where c...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Sale of Primary Schools.

Was asked: in regard to her public statement on 11 May 1994, the steps if any she intends to take to recover moneys due to the Exchequer in respect of capital grants paid on approximately 70 primary schools sold...More Button

I wish to clarify for the Deputy that some 70 national schools have been closed over the past five years but not all of these have been sold. It is estimated that some 50 schools have been sold in th...More Button

I do not have that information.More Button

I stated in my reply that it has proven difficult to get this information but every effort is being made to get it. The question regarding the past five years was tabled on 4 May last. The process o...More Button

Refunds of investment in buildings are sought in cases where the Minister has expressed a disinterest in the property as it is no longer used for educational purposes. To the best of my knowledge, ed...More Button

For the record, I have in my files a copy of two questions on this matter put down for written answer. The first question, which was put on 17 November 1993, asked the number of schools sold and the ...More Button

The second question, which was put down on 4 May last, asked the capital grants refunded arising from the sale of primary schools which were promised. I said in my reply, of which Deputy Gilmore has ...More Button

A breakdown of the amount by year in respect of the schools which have been closed is being finalised and I will be in touch with the Deputy. That question was put down on 4 May last, and I would not ...More Button

A total of £68,124 was received, and a breakdown of the amount by year in respect of the schools which were closed during the period in question is being finalised. I will, of course, be in touch wit...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if it is her Department's policy to restrict 10 per cent of all staffing in community and comprehensive schools to a 10 per cent quota of temporary whole-time and part-time teachers; and if she will m...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 615 of 26 January 1994. As I explained at the time, the staffing approved in any one year for community and comprehensive schools is expressed in wholet...More Button

It has been the practice to respond in a flexible manner to curricular demands in approved teacher allocations for 10 per cent of the school year or activity, a good example being the range of subject...More Button

While a Minister may express preferences when arranging talks between parties and giving each a role, it would be pre-emptive of me to be prescriptive about any outcome I might wish. Indeed the 10 per...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - In-Service Teacher Courses.

Was asked: the incentives if any, she intends to provide to ensure the maximum take-up of in-service courses by teachers in view of the increase in the budget allocation for in-service education; and the provisi...More Button

Was asked: the incentives if any, she intends to provide to ensure the maximum take-up of in-service courses by teachers in view of the increase in the budget allocation for in-service education; and the provisi...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 33 together. The Programme for a Partnership Government states that the Government will provide an extended and strengthened in-career development programme for...More Button

Over £30 million will be made available for teacher in-career development over the next six years under the terms of the National Development Plan which constitutes an extraordinary investment in in-c...More Button

The teacher unions are represented on the committees. If the Deputy wants a breakdown I can give it to him. I should say they are satisfied with their representation on the committees. Without givin...More Button

We have put in place extraordinary changes at the senior cycle. Because of the demands that will be made on the teaching profession for those delivering on the senior cycle of second level education t...More Button

The responses from the teaching profession to avail of this training have been flexible. As I said in my reply, there are different ways of doing it. I would welcome a specific question on the conte...More Button

That was the reason I asked for an advisory committee who would advise the Department on how the in-career development would be carried out. As far as possible it would be locally based. We asked th...More Button

I expect this committee to be ongoing and that we will work hand-in-hand with the teachers' unions and managerial bodies. The moneys will be spread over a six year programme. I will leave it to othe...More Button

This committee will continue to operate as money is invested in in-career development each year.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Croke Park Development.

Was asked: if, in dispensing the £5 million funding allocation to the GAA for the development of Croke Park, she will ensure that the GAA is required to spend adequately on traffic and security measures in the a...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is great concern among residents in the vicinity of Croke Park that she has made available a grant of £5 million to the GAA for the development o...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Higher Education Sector Development.

Was asked: if she will set up a special task force within her Department to work in conjunction with educational and vocational interests in Waterford to initiate a process which will lead to the establishment o...More Button

A steering committee was established under the aegis of the Higher Education Authority to advise me on the future development of the higher education sector. The committee has been asked to prepare p...More Button

I have given a commitment to consider the proposals urgently and when the report is finalised I will consider its recommendations. The committee has been asked to consider participation rates, trans...More Button

I have given a commitment that when I receive the report I will give the proposals my urgent attention. That is what I am committing myself to today.More Button

I am not in a position to respond to specific questions, but one of the committee's remits is to consider student needs in a national context, examine the needs for higher education on a regional basi...More Button

I not the Deputy's remarks.More Button

I asked that the information and advice be given to me on a regional basis. The global needs of the economy and society must also be considered that includes regional, socioeconomic and equality cons...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Examination Fees.

Was asked: the level of fees payable by students taking the leaving certificate and junior certificate examinations; the cost of sitting pre-examinations; and the facilities, if any, for low income families to o...More Button

Was asked: the level of fees payable by students taking the leaving certificate and junior certificate examinations; the cost of sitting the pre-examinations; and the facilities, if any, for low income families ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 51 together. The ordinary fees payable by school candidates for entry to the 1994 certificate examinations are as follows: leaving Certificate, £44; junior Cer...More Button

That is why, under this scheme, the amount of the reduction in the case of individuals is determined at the discretion of the school authorities subject to the total amount. The criterion in respect ...More Button

It is not a profit-making business. In 1993 the total amount collected in examination entry fees was £5,450,000. The amount spent by the Department, in the main on the remuneration of examiners and ...More Button

I have outlined the headings under which pupils are defined as necessitous. It is left to the discretion of the school authorities to reduce the fees for individuals. However, I agree with Deputy B...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - School Facilities.

Was asked: if general purpose rooms will be included in all school buildings built or proposed for schools of four teachers or more; and the way in which she intends to ensure that physical education, which she ...More Button

Was asked: if general purpose rooms will be included in all school buildings built or proposed for building in schools of four teachers or more; and the way in which she intends to ensure that physical education...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 15 and 57 together. I am pleased to inform the Deputies that it is my intention to provide for general purpose rooms in all new primary school building projects in re...More Button

No, there is not. There is a cut off point. I thank the Deputy for welcoming this proposal. We have been able to take this step because of the enhancement of the primary school capital programme. N...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Department Inspectorate.

Was asked: the number of women inspectors in her Department.More Button

There are 30 women inspectors serving in the inspectorate of my Department. This total is made up of seven primary inspectors, ten post-primary inspectors and 13 inspectors of guidance and psychology...More Button

I am not in a position to set a time limit. The Minister for Equality and Law Reform has been in touch with other Departments on equal opportunities in the public service. I have given a commitment ...More Button

I take the Deputy's remarks about the relationship between the inspectorate and the teaching profession. I would welcome specific details from the Deputy if he wishes to make them available. In tackl...More Button

I note the Deputy's comments.More Button

Written Answers. - Post Leaving Certificate Programmes.

Was asked: the reason colleges of further education are not established to cater for the post-leaving certificate area and courses certified by the National Council for Vocational Awards in view of the fact that...More Button

Post Leaving Certificate programmes were developed as part of the second-level education system and are provided by second-level schools throughout the country, in over 200 different locations, thereb...More Button

Written Answers. - University Status.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to grant full university status to the National College of Art and Design; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I invited the board of the NCAD late in 1993 to prepare proposals for the longer term development of the college. In that context I understand that proposals for the future institutional basis of the ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Suspensions.

Was asked: in view of the lack of information available to her Department on the level of permanent suspensions from primary and second level schools, if she will initiate a study to establish the number of such...More Button

I do not have any proposals at present to initiate a study on the level of permanent suspensions from primary and second-level schools. Following consultation with management authorities, teacher uni...More Button

Written Answers. - Scoili Ros Muc i Gaillimh.

Was asked: an bhfuil sí sásta cúntóir agus príomhoide a fhágáil i Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Briochán sa Ghort Mór, Ros Muc, Contae na Gaillimhe, don scoilbhliain 1994-95.More Button

Tá socrú déanta ag an Rialtas le Cumann Múinteoirí Éireann maidir le líon na n-oidí a oibríonn i scoileanna náisiúnta. Mar gheall ar an socrú seo, tá líon na n-oidí in aon bhliain amháin ag brath ar l...More Button

Written Answers. - Report of the National Education Convention.

Was asked: the level of financial commitment she has secured to provide the additional resources required to bring about the changes envisaged in the report of the National Education Convention.More Button

Was asked: if she intends to act immediately on specific problems identified by the report of the National Education Convention or wait until the White Paper on Education is produced.More Button

Was asked: when she intends to present an action plan and an outline of the budgetary changes required for implementation of the changes recommended in the Green Paper on Education and the National Education Con...More Button

Was asked: the discussions, if any, her Department has had with other Government Departments to facilitate co-ordinated planning as described in the report of the National Education Convention.More Button

I intend to take Questions Nos. 21, 49, 50 and 60 together. The task facing me now is to give the fullest consideration to all aspects of the report on the National Education Convention including fina...More Button

Written Answers. - Letterkenny (Donegal) Regional Technical College.

Was asked: the action, if any, that has been taken against the board of Letterkenny Regional Technical College, County Donegal, arising from the misuse of the database available to the college; if she will publi...More Button

Was asked: the action, if any, that has been taken against the board of Letterkenny Regional Technical College, County Donegal, arising from the misuse of the database available to the college; if she will publi...More Button

I am taking Questions Nos. 22 and 48 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes.

Was asked: the specific proposals, if any, she has in relation to funding the Leaving Certificate Vocational programmes.More Button

Funding for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme, which was introduced for a limited number of subjects in 1989, provides for a pupil: teacher ratio of 1.25 teachers per group of 20 pupils. I...More Button

Written Answers. - Report of National Council for Curriculum Assessment.

Was asked: if she has examined the report from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on reform of the leaving certificate; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In May 1994, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment published a consultative paper entitled Assessment and Certification in the Senior Cycle — Issues and Directions with a view to having t...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Fees.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to figures produced by the Union of Students in Ireland which shows that third level fees have increased by 172 per cent over the past decade and that the student grant...More Button

The data available to me indicate that the 1983 level of student maintenance grant when adjusted for movements in the consumer price index (CPI) is within 0.5 per cent of the 1993 grant level. The da...More Button

Written Answers. - Provision of Dublin Community School.

Was asked: whether she has received the report that is being prepared relating to the provision of a community school for Knocklyon, County Dublin; the recommendations made in the report; and if she will make a ...More Button

I have not received the report being prepared arising from my decision to commission an independent study of the post-primary needs of the Knocklyon/Scholarstown areas from the Service Industries Res...More Button

Written Answers. - Letterkenny (Donegal) Regional Technical College.

Was asked: the action, if any, she proposes to take against the board of the Regional Technical College in Letterkenny, County Donegal, arising from the recent High Court case concerning the appointment of a mem...More Button

Was asked: the action, if any, she proposes to take against the board of the Regional Technical College in Letterkenny, County Donegal, arising from the recent High Court case concerning the appointment of a mem...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 55 together. The position is that there is a 21 day stay on the judgment issued in the High Court; this allows the respondent and/or third party leave to appeal...More Button

Written Answers. - INTO Survey Findings.

Was asked: the steps, if any, she will take to remedy the defects identified in the recent INTO survey which named 170 seriously sub-standard schools in terms of accommodation; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

I welcome the survey in question as an addition to the information already available to my Department. In relation to the 170 schools identified by the INTO as being substandard, the position is as f...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Teacher Appointment.

Was asked: her views on whether remedial teachers should be appointed to training centres for mentally handicapped adults.More Button

Was asked: if she will consider appointing a remedial teacher to the Delta centre in Carlow which caters for 42 adults with mental handicap; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 78 together. In general, my Department adopts a positive attitude to requests for grant-aid for teaching support from training centres for mentally handicapped ...More Button

Written Answers. - Montessori Education.

Was asked: if she will re-examine the position of Montessori education as part of our educational structure, particularly in view of the proposed reform of early childhood education.More Button

Recognised Montessori teachers are already eligible to teach in special schools dedicated to the needs of children with disabilities, and they provide a valuable educational input in this area. My Dep...More Button

Written Answers. - Gender Balance.

Was asked: if her Department has had discussions with the Department of Equality and Law Reform on the gender balance of senior officer positions within her Department.More Button

My Department has not had discussions with the Department of Equality and Law Reform on the gender balance of senior officer positions within my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - University Sector Unit Cost Analysis.

Was asked: if she intends to carry out unit cost analyses on universities and regional colleges and a unit cost comparison between universities and regional technical colleges.More Button

The Higher Education Authority has instituted a unit cost project in the university sector. The process is being refined over time and is being used at present to inform funding decisions by the aut...More Button

Written Answers. - Supervision of Examinations.

Was asked: the number of second level teachers who will be involved in the supervision of junior certificate and leaving certificate examinations; and the number of teachers who will be involved in the marking o...More Button

Was asked: the number of second level teachers who will be involved in the supervision of junior certificate and leaving certificate examinations; and the number of teachers who will be involved in the marking o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 68 together.More Button

Written Answers. - School Book Rental Scheme.

Was asked: in regard to the recommendations of a company (details supplied) regarding the desirability of a school book rental system, the steps, if any, that are being taken to facilitate the introduction of su...More Button

With a view to minimising the financial burden on parents in the provision of school text books for their children my Department has been recommending the establishment of book rental schemes in schoo...More Button

Written Answers. - Post Leaving Certificate Courses.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that students attending post-leaving certificate courses in community schools and colleges are unable to avail of grant-aid in spite of the fact that studen...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that students attending post-leaving certificate courses in community schools and colleges are unable to avail of grant-aid in spite of the fact that studen...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 37 and 39 together. At present, over 17,000 students attend PLC courses as part of my Department's vocational preparation and training programme. These courses are de...More Button

Written Answers. - Continental Languages.

Was asked: her views on whether Irish people have a lesser speaking knowledge of continental languages than citizens of any other EU states; if so, the steps, if any, she intends to take to redress the situation...More Button

It is impossible to establish league tables of competence at languages of whole peoples in the states of the EU. There is a perception that speakers of English in general, and not only Irish people, a...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Report on Education System.

Was asked: when she will publish the interdepartmental report drawn up by her Department and the Department of the Environment which recommends a shake-up in the education system which will give environmental is...More Button

I am planning to publish the report to which the Deputy refers before the end of the current school year. Arrangements are in hand to have the report printed in sufficient quantities so that it can b...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level College Promotion Structure.

Was asked: if her Department has acted in providing a solution to the difficulties encountered in relation to introducing a promotions structure in third level colleges staffed by members of the Teachers Union o...More Button

Proposals for a recruitment and progression structure for lecturing staffs in the regional technical colleges and the Dublin Institute of Technology were issued by my Department to the Teachers Union ...More Button

Written Answers. - Letterkenny Regional Technical College.

Was asked: if she will give details of the expanded terms of reference given to the inspector appointed under section 20 of the Regional Technical Colleges Act to investigate certain matters at Letterkenny Regio...More Button

The additional terms of reference authoritise the inspector in question to report to me on the following matters: the adequacy of existing procedures for the evaluation of the educational quality of t...More Button

Written Answers. - County Roscommon Youth Services.

Was asked: her views on whether funding made available by her Department for youth services in County Roscommon is adequate; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there has been no increase in this fu...More Button

The Youth Affairs Section of my Department administers grants in respect of the youth service grant scheme, special projects for disadvantaged youth, youth information, youth exchanges, etc. The tota...More Button

Written Answers. - Education Costs.

Was asked: the average cost per year to the State of a pupil in voluntary secondary schools, community and comprehensive schools and vocational schools or community colleges; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the average cost per year to the State of a pupil in voluntary secondary schools, community and comprehensive schools and vocational schools or community colleges; and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 72 together. Independent studies have shown that there are significant variations between post-primary schools of the same category in relation to unit expendit...More Button

Written Answers. - School Grants.

Was asked: the progress on her plans to abolish selective entry tests for second-level schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of schools which still continue to hold entrance tests for second level schools; when these tests will be phased out; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason she has not proceeded with her plan to remove grants from second level schools that operate selective entrance tests based on academic ability; if her attention has been drawn to strong cri...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45, 54 and 61 together. I did not have any plan to remove grants from second level schools that operate selective entrance tests based on academic ability. In discussi...More Button

Written Answers. - Art, Craft and Design.

Was asked: the steps, if any, she will take to ensure the universal availability of art, craft and design as a subject in all secondary schools.More Button

Art, craft, design is available as a subject in 90 per cent of the post-primary schools and is taken by some 45 per cent of the relevant students. This is a very satisfactory situation considering tha...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Education Programmes.

Was asked: the definite plans, if any, to expand community education programmes which are to be aided by her Department.More Button

My Department has provided substantial additional funding in recent years for community education programmes such as the adult literacy and community education scheme, the vocational training opportu...More Button

Written Answers. - An Óige Grants.

Was asked: if she will give details of the grants paid to An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, for each of the last five years; and the amount proposed to be paid in 1994.More Button

My Department provides annual funding to An Óige under the youth service grant scheme in respect of core staff and day-to-day administration costs. The grants allocated to An Óige for the past five y...More Button

Written Answers. - Intermediate Education Structures.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to provide additional moneys to meet the cost of the proposed Regional Education Committees; if the cost of the committees will be a charge on the existing budget for ed...More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to provide additional moneys to meet the cost of the proposed Regional Education Committees; if the cost of the committees will be a charge on the existing budget for ed...More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the unease expressed by officials of the Church of Ireland at the proposals for intermediate structures; the plans, if any, she has to communicate with the officials...More Button

I intend to take Questions Nos. 56, 58 and 73 together. As you are aware, the Programme for a Partnership Government contains a commitment to the introduction of intermediate education structures.More Button

Written Answers. - School Curriculum.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to allow small standalone second-level schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the community they serve.More Button

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to allow small standalone second level schools to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for the pupils of the community they serve.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 71 together. If any such school is experiencing difficulties in the teaching of the approved curriculum, my Department is prepared to consider an application fo...More Button

Written Answers. - Third Level Student Support.

Was asked: the estimated average annual cost to parents financing one of their children at a third level college where they do not qualify for grant aid; her views on whether hardship is involved in many such in...More Button

Figures on the lines requested by the Deputy are not available within my Department. The purpose of the third level student support schemes is to facilitate access to third level for students who bec...More Button

Written Answers. - Leaving Certificate English Syllabus.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the dismay being expressed at the underrepresentation of women writers in the new draft leaving certificate English syllabus; the plans, if any, she has to deal with...More Button

Concern at an underrepresentation of women writers in the draft syllabus for Leaving Certificate English has been expressed. The responsibility for drawing up syllabuses rests with the National Counc...More Button

Written Answers. - Provision for Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the proposals, if any, she has to respond to the needs of children with learning difficulties by ensuring the availability of in-service training for teachers, the removal of endorsements for special ...More Button

As Minister for Education, I am implementing a broad range of measures in the context of an extended programme of in-career development for teachers, including teachers dealing with the needs of child...More Button

Written Answers. - Remedial Teacher Applications.

Was asked: the number of second level schools who applied for remedial teachers; the number that were successful; the location of these schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of second level schools who applied for remedial teachers; the number that were successful; the location of these schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 65 and 76 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Carrick-on-Shannon (Roscommon) Community School.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed new community school for Carrick-on-Shannon, County Roscommon, scheduled to open for the commencement of the September 1994 school term wi...More Button

Was asked: in regard to reports that the new community school in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, would be ready for September 1994, and working on this information, a board of management was formed and, on t...More Button

I propose taking Questions Nos. 66 and 207 together. The construction of the proposed new community school at Carrick-on-Shannon was originally scheduled for completion at the end of December 1994 and...More Button

Written Answers. - Employment of Unqualified Teachers.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the significant increase in the employment of unqualified persons as substitute teachers in that on average each day about 200 people without formal training or qual...More Button

I am aware that boards of management of primary schools in certain areas are having some difficulties in obtaining the services of qualified substitute teachers. Each board of management which emplo...More Button

Written Answers. - Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, County Cork.

Was asked: the present position in relation ot the provision of an extension for Coláiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, County Cork.More Button

The proposed extension to Coláiste an Phiarsaigh has been included in the 1994 post-primary capital programme. It has recently been agreed with the school authorities to include additional accommodati...More Button

Written Answers. - Portlaw (Waterford) Boys National School.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that two new classrooms have been recommended for Portlaw boys national school, Portlaw, County Waterford, despite the fact that there is a necessity for at...More Button

The proposed accommodation brief for Portlaw national school includes provision for two new classrooms and, I am pleased to say, a general purposes room in line with my recent policy initiative in thi...More Button

Written Answers. - Teachers' Stress.

Was asked: if she will set up a special unit within her Department to deal with the increasing levels of stress and burnout among primary and post-primary teachers; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 95, 110 and 347 of 6 October on the matter of stress and burnout.More Button

Written Answers. - School Vandalism.

Was asked: the number of schools in Cork which were seriously vandalised or suffered arson attacks in the last five years; the amount of damage caused; the cost of repairing this damage; the measures, if any, th...More Button

Was asked: the amount and extent of damage caused to primary, secondary and vocational schools in Cork city; the way in which the trend compares to other urban areas; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 77 and 189 together. Detailed information is not available on the number of schools in Cork damaged by vandalism, the extent of such vandalism or the cost of repairs....More Button

Written Answers. - Dún Laoghaire RTE Submission.

Was asked: if she intends to establish a regional technical college in Dún Laoghaire; and the steps, if any, she is taking to achieve this objective.More Button

Was asked: if the regional technical college sanctioned for Dún Laoghaire will go ahead; if funds have been allocated for the college; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if she received a submission from Dún Laoghaire Vocational Education Committee regarding its application for the establishment of a regional technical college in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin; if she i...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187, 202 and 209 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Assessment.

Was asked: in view of the importance of early identification for coping with children with special learning difficulties, her views on whether it is the right of all children to access to psychological testing a...More Button

It is my view that all children who are considered as having a need for psychological assessment, should have access to such a service as early as possible in their school careers, with the permission...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant-Aid.

Was asked: the present position regarding an application for grant aid towards the carrying out of remedial works at a school (details supplied) in County Offaly; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department's local technical advisers have been requested to report on the proposed improvement works to the school in question. When this report is received and considered a decision on grant-aid...More Button

Was asked: if she will grant funds for the building of a new classroom for a national school (details supplied) in County Cork; the total grant that would be allowable for this purpose.More Button

My Department has approved a grant towards the cost of the provision of a one classroom extension to the school referred to by the Deputy. The amount of grant will be based on 85 per cent of the fina...More Button

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding the development at a national school (details supplied) in County Cork; and the reason for the delay in sanctioning a capital grant.More Button

My Department has approved building proposals submitted by the board of management of the school referred to by the Deputy. The board has been requested to submit detailed architectural plans for exam...More Button

Written Answers. - School Project.

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding the refurbishment and building of a new classroom at a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

A major building project has been approved in principle for the school in question. As other projects were deemed to be of a higher priority the project was not included in the 1994 Capital Programme...More Button

Written Answers. - Improvement Works.

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding work to a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

My Department's local technical advisers have been requested to report on the proposed improvement works to the school in question. When this report is received and considered a decision on grant-aid...More Button

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding the refurbishment of a school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

My Department's local technical advisers have recently been asked for a report regarding the refurbishment work referred to by the Deputy. The question of grant-aid will be considered on receipt of th...More Button

Was asked: when grant approval will issue for refurbishment of a national school (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

My Department has no record of having received an application for grant-aid towards the refurbishment work referred to by the Deputy. Should such an application be forwarded it will be dealt with in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cashelnagore (Donegal) School.

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding an application for heating by Cashelnagore national school, in County Donegal.More Button

Tenders have been invited for a new heating system at Cashelnagore national school. When these have been received and considered a contract will be placed for the installation of the new system.More Button

Written Answers. - Lispoole (Kerry) School.

Was asked: if she will provide an extra classroom at Lispoole national school, County Kerry in view of the fact that the teachers are forced to use the utility room at the moment which is limited in space and ov...More Button

My Department has recently received an application for a prefabricated classroom unit from the school authorities of Lispoole national school. My Department's professional adviser has been requested t...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: whether a grant from national lottery funds will be made available towards the provision of facilities for the Allenwood, County Kildare, Scout Association of Ireland scout troop.More Button

My Department has no record of receiving an application from the Allenwood, County Kildare Scout Association of Ireland scout troop.More Button

Written Answers. - Arva (Cavan) National School.

Was asked: the present position in relation to the provision of a new national school at Arva, County Cavan.More Button

Was asked: the up-to-date position regarding Arva national school, Arva, County Cavan; the reason progress has not been made in building a new school; if her attention has been drawn to the conditions in the sch...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 213 together. I am aware that conditions in Arva national school, Arva, County Cavan are less than satisfactory. A number of proposals to resolve the accommod...More Button

Written Answers. - Pupil/Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: her views on the proposal of having a 20:1 pupil/teacher ratio for multigrade classes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am fully committed to reducing the pupil/teacher ratio in national schools and indeed the ratio has been reduced significantly over the past number of years. The ratio is 24.2:1 and it is estimated...More Button

Written Answers. - Status of National Parents' Council.

Was asked: whether she intends to give the national parents' council recognition as a statutory body.More Button

My Department consults extensively with the national parents' council at primary and post-primary level on all aspects of educational policy. Both are voluntary associations. I consider that they fu...More Button

Written Answers. - Music in Schools.

Was asked: the consultation, if any, she has had with the Arts Council in an effort to redress the inadequate provision of music in our schools.More Button

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is currently drafting proposals for a revised programme in music in primary schools. At post-primary level, the NCCA is doing similar work for a rev...More Button

Written Answers. - Second Level Pupil/Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: her Department's policy in relation to the pupil/teacher ratio in secondary schools; the annual requirement of second level teachers up to the year 2000 to achieve this policy; and if she will make a ...More Button

My Department's responsibility in this regard is to ensure that an adequate number of teachers is available to cater for the educational needs of pupils at second level. The pupil/teacher ratio at se...More Button

Written Answers. - Free Third Level Education.

Was asked: the plans, if any, she has to introduce free third level education as was promised by her predecessor prior to the last general election.More Button

I have no plans at present to introduce free third level education which would involve additional expenditure of about £45 million per annum. In line with the commitment in the Programme for a Partner...More Button

Written Answers. - Consultancy Services.

Was asked: the consultancy services engaged by her Department in 1993; the amount paid for each consultancy service; the consultancy services which she has engaged so far in 1994, or which she intends to engage;...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statement: 1993.More Button

Written Answers. - Absenteeism from Schools.

Was asked: the rate of absenteeism from primary and second level schools during the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would refer the Deputy to replies to Questions Nos. 17 and 53 of 19 April and Question No. 148 of 26 April last. In those replies I mentioned the “School Attendance-Truancy report” which was publish...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: if she will ensure that national lottery funds are made available to a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6W so that they can complete their sports complex building.More Button

An application has been received in respect of the sports complex in question under my Department's recreational facilities scheme. All applications received under the scheme are under consideration a...More Button

Written Answers. - Childcare Support in Special Education.

Was asked: the outcome of the special projects which have been run in some schools to provide special assistants for physically handicapped children; and whether she proposes to extend this kind of service to mo...More Button

I take it the Deputy is referring to a special job-creation scheme introduced in 1979, under which my Department funded the allocation of child care assistants to selected special schools. A range o...More Button

Written Answers. - Ballyowen Meadows (Dublin) Special School.

Was asked: in view of the recent vandalism which took place at Ballyowen Meadows special school, if she will make available alternative premises for this school.More Button

As I indicated to the House on 18 May last, I am aware of the difficulties faced by the pupils and staff of Ballyowne Meadows special school and of the need to reach an early solution, particularly in...More Button

Written Answers. - County Limerick School Site.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the urgency of sanctioning a site for a school (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the need for a site for the school in question. My Department is currently in consultation with the school authorities who are investigating a number of possibilities in the area. Ever...More Button

Written Answers. - Capital Allocation to Schools.

Was asked: the capital allocation in her Department's Estimates over the past five years; the procedure for a school to avail of funds for a purpose-built room in order to enhance or extend its curriculum; and i...More Button

The capital allocation for second-level education in my Departments estimates for the past five years is as follows: 1990, £18.625 million; 1991, £18.625 million; 1992, £17.225 million; 1993, £24.5 m...More Button

Written Answers. - Examination Results.

Was asked: the likely dates for issuing the 1994 leaving and junior certificate results; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

It is planned to issue the results of this year's certificate examinations on the following dates in 1994: leaving certificate results, Wednesday 17 August; junior certificate results, Wednesday 14 Se...More Button

Written Answers. - International Education Centre.

Was asked: the progress that has been made to establish an advisory council for English language schools; and the progress that has been made to develop the potential of Dublin as the most appropriate internatio...More Button

The existing advisory council for English language schools (ACELS) continues to operate pending the finalisation of steps to reconstitute it. It is expected that the new reconstituted council will be...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Aid.

Was asked: if she has received an application from a soccer team (details supplied) in County Clare for assistance to help them to travel as an exchange group to Denmark.More Button

There is no record in my Department of receipt of an application from a soccer team in County Clare requesting grant aid to travel as an exchange group to Denmark. Under my Department's scheme of assi...More Button


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