Written Answers - Teacher Appointments.

Tuesday, 30 September 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 480 No. 6

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  548.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   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]

  558.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   when he will sanction a second teacher to all one-teacher schools with ten pupils or more; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14271/97]

  600.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   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]

Minister for Education (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 548, 558 and 600 together.

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.

I am currently examining a range of options with a view to identifying the most appropriate way to fulfil the Government's commitments to all one teacher schools with ten or more pupils.


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