Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Wednesday, 19 May 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 505 No. 1

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  266.  Mr. U. Burke  Information on Ulick Burke  Zoom on Ulick Burke   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number and names of national schools in County Galway which are to have reduced teacher allocation as a result of declining pupil numbers; the number of new appointments of remedial and resource teachers appointed to national schools in County Galway for September 1999; and the names of the schools involved. [13317/99]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Details of the schools in County Galway which are due to lose teaching posts from September next due to falling enrolments are attached. I would point out to the Deputy that many schools will benefit from reduced retention ratios this year.

With regard to the remedial teaching service, my priority at present is to ensure that all schools that currently have no remedial service will have access to such a service from September next.

Arrangements to extend the remedial service are currently being made in my Department. However, details of new appointments of remedial and resource teachers to national schools in County Galway have not yet been finalised.

Roll No. Name of School
01013N Scoil Croí Íosa, Presentation Road, Galway City
12250P Scoil Mhuire, Tuam
12502Q SN Cloch na Rón, Roundstone
15027E SN na hEaglaise, Atha Eascrach, Béal Átha na Sluaigh
15997P St. Brendans Convent, Eyrecourt
17170T Laurencetown NS, Laurencetown, Ballinasloe
17197Q SN an Leath Bhaile, Tuaim
17282H Scoil na mBráthaire, Tuam
17547R SN Breandán Naofa, Doire Lubhair, Gurteeny, Woodford, Loughrea
17771W SN Mhuire, Lisín na Coille, Uran Mór
19225F Scoil Michíl Naofa, Baile Bán
19468I SN Caitríona Sinsear, Renmore
19795A Tirellan Heights NS, Headford Rd.
07551C Balinderreen Mixed NS, Kilcolgan
12706J SN Sailerana, Indreabhán
15071H SN Cillíní Dioma, Loughrea
15835M St. Brendans NS, Loughrea
15900U Aughrim NS, Ballinasloe
16762Q SN Íde Naofa, Loughrea
16936A SN Naomh Pádraig, Curagmore, Claregalway
17051L SN na Fuar Coilleadh, Craughwell
17198S SN Muire gan Smál, Béal Átha na Sluaigh
17541F SN An Ceathrú Álainn, Cill Rónáin, Árainn
17668G SN na bhForbacha, An Spidéal
17845C Briarhill NS, Ballybrit
18634R Scoil Íde, Salthill Convent
19241D Dominican Convent, Taylors Hill
19388K Clonberne Central School, Ballinasloe
19401W SN Caitríona Sóis., Renmore
19506N Cappataggle Central School, Ballinasloe
19529C Scoil Mhuire, Moycullen

  267.  Mr. U. Burke  Information on Ulick Burke  Zoom on Ulick Burke   asked the Minister for Education and Science  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   if he will review the plight of rural national schools which will be reduced from three to two teachers with a view to allowing a retention period to avoid hardship in these schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13318/99]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  The Deputy may be aware that I have recently announced a new staffing schedule which will substantially reduce class sizes in primary schools from 1 September next.

This schedule has been structured to ensure that all primary schools will operate to a maximum class average of 30 pupils. Schools of all sizes will benefit from this new schedule.

I accept that, despite the very significant improvement in the staffing schedule, the enrolment in some schools has fallen below the minimum figure required to retain existing teacher numbers. However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to implementing further reductions in class sizes over the next number of years which will benefit all schools, including three teacher schools.


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