Martin, Micheál

Thursday, 16 December 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 512 No. 8

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Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the plans, if any, he has to replace and upgrade the equipment at the motor apprentice school, Davis College, Mallow, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The building unit of my Department has received an application from County Cork VEC for equipment needed by this school for the standards-based apprentice education and training programme for the trai...More Button

Written Answers. - Student Teachers.

Was asked: if he will grant financial assistance to student teachers while on teaching practice in view of the added expense; and if he will outline his policy on this matter.More Button

The position in relation to teaching practice is that it is not a paid activity in any institution but rather is viewed as training rather than employment. It is an integral part of the curriculum of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if entitlement to a maintenance grant for attendance at a degree course for a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will be reviewed in view of the fact that her tutor has submitted written data...More Button

I understand that the student to whom the Deputy refers applied to Wexford County Council for a higher education grant in respect of a course being pursued at National University of Ireland, Galway. ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will have a transport grant approved in respect of school transport for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who is the holder of a bus ticket but there is no school bus service.More Button

The pupil in question resides 2.2 miles from the school that he is attending and is fully eligible for transport to that school. However, there is no school transport service from his area to the scho...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made to have approval for a care assistant issued for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny who cannot attend school until this appointment is approved.More Button

The case to which the Deputy refers has not previously been brought to my Departments attention. I have asked my Department's inspectorate to investigate the child's needs as a matter of urgency with ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Funding.

Was asked: when the report on school funding will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the steering group has finalised the report on funding of second level schools and that it will be presented to me shortly; at that stage I will publish the report and will forward ...More Button

Written Answers. - Purchase of Lands.

Was asked: the position in relation to the purchase of lands by NUI, Maynooth, County Kildare, from St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare; the legal difficulties, if any, involved; if capital funding i...More Button

A proposed property settlement between NUI Maynooth and St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare, is currently under active consideration by my Department.More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 89 of 1 December 1999, he will provide information on the number of teachers to whom salaries are paid as compared to the number of approved posts as a way of...More Button

As the Deputy may be aware the appointment of primary teachers is a matter for the board of management of each individual school. My Department is not aware that there are unfilled posts in primary sc...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the huge problems which a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 has had with school transport; and if he will mediate a satisfactory resolution of the problem with t...More Button

The management authority of the school in question has not contacted my Department regarding difficulties in relation to school transport. The position generally is that organisation of the public sch...More Button

Written Answers. - School Evaluation Project.

Was asked: if he will provide the advance copy of the report of the whole school evaluation pilot scheme and the consultation document on the draft circular in order that elected members can participate in the c...More Button

The report on the whole school evaluation – WSE – pilot project has been printed in recent days and copies are now being disseminated to the education partners, schools and management authorities. I a...More Button

Written Answers. - Languages Programme.

Was asked: if, in view of the lack of information in his Department on the number of children who do not have English as their first language, he will make contact with schools where significant numbers of such ...More Button

My Department did identify the number of non-national children, not having English as their first language, in primary schools in September 1998. The number then was 1641. Since then the number of the...More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: if he will give details of the comparative costs in the top five courses at degree, diploma and certificate levels in each of the institutes of technology and universities using the same courses for c...More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the points requirement for different courses across the university and institutes of technology sectors; and the estimated unit cost of each course.More Button

Was asked: if he will give details of the budget and the number of students at degree, diploma and certificate levels in each of the publicly funded universities and institutes of technology.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 133, 137 and 138 together.More Button

Was asked: if he will indicate the manner in which existing participation levels, population and absence of a regional university influences the allocation of resources to institutes of technology in a particula...More Button

Was asked: the manner in which unit cost influences the allocation of money to an institute of technology; and if he will publish the formula used for setting allocations and developmental budgets.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 135 together. A unit cost system of allocating funds to institutes of technology has not yet been developed. The annual budget for each Institute is allocated ...More Button

Written Answers. - Access to School Records.

Was asked: whether the parent of a child who has been in foster care is entitled to obtain details of the school attendance record of the child while in foster care.More Button

Under section 2 of the Education Act, 1998, the term “parent” is interpreted as including a foster parent, a guardian appointed under the Guardianship of Children Acts, 1964 to 1997, or other person a...More Button

Written Answers. - Educational Support Services.

Was asked: if he will give details of the central support services provided by his Department to assist schools in operating and maintaining their computer resources; and if he will extend the scale and scope of...More Button

The National Centre for Technology in Education, NCTE, is developing a central support service to assist schools in operating and maintaining their computer resources. A schools help-line has been put...More Button

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

Was asked: if he will have arrangements made for a person (details supplied), who has full teaching diplomas under Montessori and a diploma in special education, to be recognised as a trained temporary teacher i...More Button

Only fully qualified teachers may be considered for appointment as remedial teachers. Remedial teachers may, as part of their work, be required to teach the full primary curriculum to the pupils to wh...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will arrange one to one assistance for a person (details supplied) in County Cork.More Button

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. My Department has received an application for resource teacher and child care support for the child in question. This application is currently being ...More Button

Was asked: when he will relieve principal teachers of full-time teaching duties for set periods each month to enable them to undertake their non-teaching and administrative duties; and the substitute cover which...More Button

Was asked: if he will increase the number of full-time administrative principals in the education system.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 144 together. The issues raised by the Deputies regarding principals in primary schools were discussed when I met with the INTO recently. Officials of my Depar...More Button

Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.

Was asked: his plans for recruitment of caretakers and secretaries for all schools.More Button

My Department provides funding towards the cost of secretarial and caretaking services in primary schools under two separate schemes. One scheme is the 1978-79 scheme for the employment of school secr...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: the reason there has been such a delay in progressing and advancing safety proposals at Taughmon national school, Mullingar, particularly in view of the fact that the parish has made available part of...More Button

The position is as set out in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 25 November 1999.More Button


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