Written Answers. - Teaching Posts.

Tuesday, 16 June 1998

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 492 No. 4

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  327.  Mr. Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   when a cluster of schools (details supplied) in County Mayo will be allocated a remedial teacher. [14042/98]

  330.  Mr. O'Shea  Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will appoint a remedial teacher in 1998 to Kilkeary national school, Nenagh, County Tipperary, in view of the fact that the board of management and parents association for this school have been making representations to his Department and feel they have a strong case for a remedial teacher in view of the number of pupils attending the school who would benefit greatly from this appointment. [14046/98]

  343.  Mr. Perry  Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will review the position of the remedial teacher for a cluster of six schools (details supplied) in the context of the geography of the area in view of the fact that there is a vast area to cover and the remedial teacher spends more time travelling to the various schools and does not have enough time to spend with the pupils; if he will appoint a teacher to cover the four schools within County Sligo which would allow more time for teaching; if he will make a decision on the submission already lodged with his Department from a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14142/98]

  347.  Ms McManus  Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if his attention has been drawn to the ongoing need for remedial teachers for six schools in west Wicklow; when he will be in a position to make an announcement on the provision of remedial teachers for the academic year 1998-99; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14217/98]

  355.  Mr. G. Reynolds  Information on Gerry Reynolds  Zoom on Gerry Reynolds   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will appoint a remedial teacher to a number of primary schools (details supplied) in counties Leitrim and Sligo for the school year commencing September 1998. [14318/98]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 327, 330, 343, 347 and 355 together.

My capacity to allocate additional remedial teacher posts in any given year is dependent on resource availability and the level of competing demand from other special needs areas. I have to determine priorities and allocate available resources to best effect.

I am currently reviewing provision across the special needs area, including the remedial area, [987] to ensure that all available resources are deployed as effectively as possible.

I can assure the Deputies that the needs of the schools to which they refer will be considered in the context of any additional remedial teacher allocations which may be undertaken for the forthcoming school year.


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