Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 12 May 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 504 No. 5

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Written Answers. - Vocational Training Opportunity Schemes.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the anomaly which exists for participants on VTO scheme courses who will not receive the training allowance increase of £25 per week being paid to people on FÁS cour...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent announcement of increased payments for certain participants in FÁS training schemes; the plans, if any, he has to extend a similar increase to participant...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to a disparity in training allowances between those engaged in FÁS training schemes and those of the VTO scheme participants; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 155, 165 and 169 together. I am aware of the new training bonus for long-term unemployed people on FÁS training courses. I have no plans at present to extend this incr...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to provide a physical education and assembly hall for Arklow community college, County Wicklow; the progress, if any, in sanctioning this project; and the timeframe for provi...More Button

It is the policy of my Department to provide physical education halls as part of the schedule of accommodation for all new post-primary schools. A PE hall is also provided when a major extension to a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools IT 2000 Project.

Was asked: if grant aid will be provided for Avondale community college, Rathdrum, County Wicklow, for the purpose of securing financial assistance for students to participate in the European computer driving li...More Button

The Schools IT 2000 project provides a comprehensive professional skills development programme in information communication training for teachers aimed at enhancing student learning through the applic...More Button

Written Answers. - Weight of School Bags.

Was asked: the consideration, if any, he has given to the increasing weight of children's school bags; if books will be provided in two parts in order to solve this problem; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The report of the working group on the potential problems caused by the weight of heavy school bags outlines a number of recommendations which have implications, not only for my Department, but also f...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: when he will appoint a remedial teacher to Cappataggle national school, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am pleased to advise the Government's priority at present with regard to the remedial teaching service is to ensure that all schools, including Cappataggle primary school, which currently have no re...More Button

Written Answers. - Capitation Grants.

Was asked: his views on whether a £10 per capita grant to schools is adequate to provide for class materials and basic general equipment to establish physics and chemistry in schools at second level; his further...More Button

A special per capita grant of £10 is just one of a range of measures I am putting in place to enhance the teaching of physics and chemistry. I recently announced a £15 million plan to support and deve...More Button

Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the steps, if any, he will take to alleviate overcrowding in practical and general subjects at second level schools; if his attention has been drawn to the results of a recent survey in second level s...More Button

School authorities may apply for an increase in the approved teacher allocation to cater for particular circumstances. Applications of this nature are considered under the curricular appeal process an...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the service, if any, he will provide for a person (details supplied) in County Waterford who has dyslexia; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The needs of the pupil to whom the Deputy refers have not previously been brought to my Department's attention.More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the progress, if any, concerning the need to provide funding for Lucan Educate Together national school; the discussions, if any, his Department has had with South Dublin County Council concerning the...More Button

An official of my Department has recently been in contact with the South Dublin County Council regarding the proposed site for Lucan Educate Together national school. A full site survey and a valuatio...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the services and facilities, if any, available to children with special needs in south Meath at pre-school and primary school level; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Four resource teachers have been allocated to primary schools in County Meath to support children with special needs who are attending ordinary schools on a fully integrated basis. Details of the scho...More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: the assistance, if any, his Department will provide for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7 who has been 17 years in a part-time teaching position and is seeking to be made permanent.More Button

My Department is currently making inquiries with the Dublin Institute of Technology about the position of the person is question. When those inquiries have been completed, I will advise the Deputy of ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of remedial teachers employed at primary level; the number or remedial teachers employed at post-primary level; the number of remedial teachers at primary level working in single schools an...More Button

A total of 1,302 remedial teacher posts have been sanctioned in the primary system and a further 350 in the second level system. My Department is currently making arrangements to extend the remedial ...More Button

Was asked: the reason the pilot scheme of job sharing between primary teachers from different schools has not been continued; his view on correspondence (details supplied) on this matter; if the situation will b...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware, a scheme of job sharing for primary teachers was introduced in 1997. This scheme provided for job sharing arrangements involving two permanent teachers both based in the sa...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to establish the right to a proper and complete service in law for all mentally handicapped children as demanded by parents' groups; his position in this regard; and if he wi...More Button

The Education Act, 1998, provides the statutory framework within which the rights of children with a disability to a proper and complete education service is guaranteed. Section 7 of the Act provides...More Button

Was asked: if he will have examinations made into the situation (details supplied) regarding a leaving certificate pupil with dyslexia; the way in which the examiner will know of his condition; if a special exem...More Button

In relation to the special arrangements that might be made for the person concerned the position is that the school the candidate is attending has appealed the Department's decision to the special arr...More Button


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