Tuesday, 30 September 1997
Dáil Éireann Debate
548. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education whether temporary or substitute teachers will be appointed to the one-teacher schools in County Mayo until trained teachers become available; and the reason for any delays in this regard. [14261/97]
600. Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education when a second teacher or a temporary or substitute teacher will be appointed to a school (details supplied) in County Mayo which has 22 pupils. [14782/97]
In March 1997, the outgoing Minister for Education agreed staffing arrangements for primary schools for the 1997-98 school year with the Irish National Teachers Organisation. These agreed arrangements were based on the allocation of surplus posts available for redistribution from the demographic dividend for the 1997-98 school year.
The Deputies will be aware that the action programme for the new millennium contains a commitment to give primary education a clear priority in allocating resources. In this context, the programme specifically states that one teacher schools with ten or more pupils will receive a second teacher.
At present, there are 103 one teacher primary schools throughout the country which have ten or more pupils. A further 24 primary schools were due to become one teacher schools from September 1997. However, following my appointment as Minister for Education, I made special arrangements to ensure that these schools would retain their two-teacher status for the 1997-98 school year.
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