Woods, Michael J.

Tuesday, 17 October 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 524 No. 2

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Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if a request for a child care assistant has been received in his Department from a primary school (details supplied) in County Westmeath; the additional resources that will be available to this school...More Button

An application for special needs assistant support has been received in my Department and is currently being examined by my Department's inspectorate. As soon as the inspectorate has reported, my Depa...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concern among the Donegal youth workers network about the failure of youth services in County Donegal; the level of funding which will be available for this impo...More Button

I am not aware of the issue referred to by the Deputy. Funding has been, and continues to be, provided for youth services in County Donegal through the youth service grant scheme and the special proje...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Enrolment.

Was asked: his views on the continuance of entrance exams for entrance to secondary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The selection and enrolment of pupils in second level schools is the responsibility of the authorities of the individual school. As schools may not have a place for every applicant, a selection proce...More Button

Written Answers. - Montessori Teaching.

Was asked: when he will make arrangements to grant full recognition to Montessori trained teachers to be eligible to participate in primary school teaching with full recognition; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Certain Montessori teachers are granted restricted recognition to teach in certain special schools and in special classes in mainstream schools. In addition, my Department has recently decided that su...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if he will intervene on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare and have her higher education grant approved in view of the circumstances (details supplied); and if he will make a stat...More Button

The terms of the higher education grants scheme preclude the payment of a grant to candidates who already hold a post-graduate qualification and are pursuing a second post-graduate qualification. An e...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: the progress that has been made with regard to school transport for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo in view of the fact that the request was submitted in June 2000; and if he will make a s...More Button

My Department has been unable to trace the application referred to by the Deputy, in the absence of details of the school to which transport was sought. If the Deputy could provide this information, I...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: if he will provide a class assistant to a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16 to cater for their special needs pupils.More Button

An application for a special needs assistant post has been received in my Department from the school in question. The school's application is currently being examined by my Department's inspectorate. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.

Was asked: his views on whether a grant of £2,400 to Scoil Náisiúnta Bhríde, Ballyconneely, Clifden, County Galway, is an adequate grant to enable the school to provide a caretaker and a secretary; the plans he ...More Button

Was asked: if he will consider a review of circular 3/00 relating to secretarial and caretaking grants for primary schools; the plans he has to increase substantially the combined grant of £2,400 for caretaker a...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 and 415 together. At primary level, my Department provides funding towards the cost of secretarial and caretaking services under two separate schemes. One scheme i...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if the building of the new Calasanctious College, Oranmore, County Galway, will begin shortly in view of the fact there is extreme overcrowding in this school; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on the delay in the building project for Calasanctius College, Oranmore, County Galway; if he will expedite the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 411 and 437 together. Architectural planning of an extension to Calasanctius College, Oranmore is progressing. Currently, my Department is awaiting a full stage 3 – de...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if a system is in place to check the safety standards in operation on all buses used in the school transport system; if he has satisfied himself that all vehicles in the system meet the standard laid ...More Button

Safety on school buses is of paramount importance to my Department and to Bus Éireann, who operate the school transport scheme on behalf of my Department. Bus Éireann vehicles are serviced every six w...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the reason for the continuing delay in commencing the building of the new VEC college for the north side of Drogheda, County Louth, which was sanctioned by his predecessor over three years ago; his vi...More Button

Architectural planning of the new vocational education committee college for the north side of Drogheda, County Louth continues. County Louth Vocational Education Committee recently submitted draft te...More Button

Was asked: when the necessary finance will be approved for the provision of an extension to Clinstown national school, County Kilkenny.More Button

My Department is currently assessing the long-term enrolment projections for Clinstown national school and when this assessment has been completed, the matter will be progressed further. The managemen...More Button

Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Was asked: when phase four examinations for electrical apprentices will be marked in order to enable apprentices to proceed to the next stage of their apprenticeship; the reasons for the delay in this regard; an...More Button

The operational arrangements relating to the assessment and certification of apprentices under the standards based apprenticeship system which was agreed by all relevant groups was set out in a letter...More Button

Written Answers. - Transition Year Projects.

Was asked: the details of the programme on exploring masculinity which was recently published.More Button

This programme is a social and personal development programme for transition year and senior cycle boys. It was developed, over a five-year period, by second level teachers, working with officials of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Juvenile Offenders.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 8 February 2000, the detailed information in relation to juvenile offenders has yet been compiled by his Department; and, if so, if he will provide that...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy has been assembled and is set out as follows. Special Schools for Young OffendersMore Button

Written Answers. - Computerisation Programme.

Was asked: the schemes and supports available from his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department to schools, businesses, community groups and individuals, to promote information technology includi...More Button

The following schemes and supports promoting information and communications development are available either directly from my Department or from agencies under the aegis of my Department. Schools IT 2...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current position with regard to a school extension (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department is currently carrying out an assessment of the accommodation requirements of the school in question. The school authorities will be kept informed of developments.More Button

Written Answers. - Education Welfare Act, 1999.

Was asked: the implementation schedule of the Education Welfare Act, 1999; the dates when different elements will become operative; and the new staff and resources that are being allocated in respect of these el...More Button

The Education (Welfare) Act was enacted on 5 July 2000. The Act itself provides that all of its provisions must be commenced within two years of enactment. The Act provides for the raising of the mini...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will report on the delay for the extension and refurbishment of St. Colman's national school, Corofin, Cummer, Tuam, County Galway; if he will ensure the matter is expedited; and if he will make...More Button

Architectural planning for improved accommodation at St. Colman's national school, Corofin, Cummer, Tuam, County Galway, is proceeding as quickly as possible having regard to the large number of schoo...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 252 of 29 June 2000, he will state the outcome of the investigation into the application on behalf of pupils with special needs; if he will ensure that the se...More Button

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers. My Department grant aids schools to extend the employment of teachers and special needs assistants through the month of July to cater for children wi...More Button

Written Answers. - Speech Therapy Service.

Was asked: the plans he has to establish a new training school for speech therapy in view of the increasing shortage of therapists within our health services; the discussions he has had with NUI Galway in relati...More Button

The present training for speech therapists involves a four-year programme in the School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Graduates of the course are professionally re...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools IT2000 Programme.

Was asked: if he will approve funding for learning support teachers to purchase ICT equipment and laptop computers as such a facility would be an essential tool in improving the service to children; and if he wi...More Button

In June of this year my Department allocated information technology grants of £700 under the IT2000 initiative to all schools which have the service of remedial and resource teachers. This funding was...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current position with regard to a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if an extension or a new school building will be provided to alleviate the overcrowding; the progress that has been made...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the plans he has to ensure that children with special educational needs are identified at the earliest possible age in view of the number of such cases.More Button

As Minister for Education and Science, I fully recognise the importance of early identification and intervention in the case of children with special needs. The Deputy will be aware that the White Pap...More Button

Written Answers. - Vocational Education Committees.

Was asked: if sanction will be given to a VEC (details supplied) in County Donegal to provide for two plc courses in information processing and child care.More Button

Approval to offer post leaving certificate – PLC – courses in information processing and child care was conveyed to County Donegal Vocational Education Committee on 29 June 2000. Since then the Vocati...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Was asked: the additional resources which will be allocated to a school (details supplied) in County Donegal as recently requested by the board of management; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the Deputy is referring to a request by the school for inclusion in the disadvantaged areas scheme and for a resource teacher. I have set the tackling of educational disadvantage as ...More Button

Written Answers. - Eligible Part-time Teachers Scheme.

Was asked: when a decision will be made regarding the application by Donegal VEC to appoint EPT posts at the tourism college in Killybegs, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The eligible part-time teachers – EPT – scheme, introduced in 1989, was formulated in the context of the delivery of courses at second level and had stipulations and conditions which were inappropriat...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if another meeting can be arranged urgently between all the interested parties including the school inspector, resource teacher, class teacher, psychologist and the parents of a person (details suppli...More Button

A member of my Department's inspectorate, who has a responsibility in the special education area, has been in contact with the parents of the child in question with a view to arranging a meeting on a ...More Button

Written Answers. - Child Care Services.

Was asked: his views on the provision of out-of-school hours child care in available space in schools as in a case (details supplied); the proposals he has to encourage such provision; and if he will make a stat...More Button

My Department, in support of the national child care strategy being led by the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform, is currently engaged in a survey of spare capacity in all primary and post...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if his Department has agreed to fund the cost of the much needed refurbishment works at schools (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department has received an application from the management authorities of the school concerned for improvement works. The application will be dealt with as quickly as possible having regard to the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the situation at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 24 where the parents' association is concerned about the psychological service.More Button

I am aware that the level of service provided by the national educational psychological service – NEPS – of my Department to the school named by the Deputy has been reduced over the past school year. ...More Button

Written Answers. - Feasibility Report.

Was asked: the status of the feasibility report dealing with St. Brendan's College, Killarney, County Kerry; when he will make a decision in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The feasibility report in respect of St. Brendan's College, Killarney, County Kerry, has been received in my Department. The report is currently being examined. When this examination is complete a dec...More Button

Written Answers. - Student Support Schemes.

Was asked: if he will give details of any schemes within his Department for assisting Irish people doing post-graduate research in the United Kingdom.More Button

In 1996, the student support schemes were extended to provide maintenance grants to eligible students following certain full-time under-graduate courses of at least two years duration in another EU me...More Button

Written Answers. - All Irish Schools.

Was asked: the final position regarding the provision of an all-Irish second-level school for Coiste Méanscoile Oir Thuaisceart, Baile Átha Cliath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I approved a proposal earlier this year, that a second-level all-Irish school should be established in surplus accommodation in Grange Community College, Donaghmede, Dublin 13. The school will have it...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if he will intervene and have a maintenance grant approved for a person (details supplied) in County Sligo in view of the financial pressure involved and the fact that access to third-level education ...More Button

Under the terms of the third level student support schemes, a candidate's reckonable income for the purposes of the means test is his/her gross income from all sources and the gross income of his-her ...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if his Department will take the necessary action to make safe the bus park at the convent national school in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, in order that students can access the bus service in safety an...More Button

I understand that the obstruction of the bus bay at the convent national school, Thomastown, County Kilkenny, is due to car parking for the purposes of either dropping off or collecting pupils. This p...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the proposals he has for the education of persons (details supplied) in County Clare whose parents are seeking special help to make them ready for further education; and the reason additional funds we...More Button

I understand that my Department's inspectorate has received an application for resource teacher support in respect of two of the pupils referred to by the Deputy who are attending a primary school in ...More Button

Written Answers. - Boards of Management.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the abolition of the board of management of Tinahely national school, County Wicklow; the action he will take to ensure that a board of management will be put into o...More Button

In response to a request from the patron of Tinahely national school, my approval as Mini ster was given to his proposal for the appointment of a single manager to replace the board of management of ...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if he will put arrangements in place to ensure that all children who need educational psychological assessment receive it in view of the refusal of the ECHB to carry out such assessment for children i...More Button

I am aware that some health boards have withdrawn from providing educational psychological assessments for school children. The management committee of the national educational psychological service –...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the addresses of the four special schools dealing with dyslexia and the 18 special classes in other schools; the rural/urban mix of these schools and classes; if they are completely full or if there a...More Button

The schools catering for pupils with specific learning disability (dyslexia) are as follows: St. Killian's Special School, Cork; St. Oliver Plunkett's Special School, Monkstown, County Dublin; Catheri...More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the current position on the proposal to build a replacement building for a school (details supplied) in County Louth; the reasons for the slow progress in moving to construction on this project; and i...More Button

Difficulties associated with access to the proposed site for the new school have now been resolved and my Department will be in contact with the management authorities shortly in order to progress the...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when an extension will be completed to a school (details supplied) in County Limerick.More Button

My Department has received an application from the management authorities of the school in question for grant aid towards an extension. The application will be dealt with as quickly as possible having...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Was asked: if he will arrange for an alternative transport service for children attending the Gaelscoil Inse Chor in view of the fact the children travel to this school from great distances.More Button

The position is that a report has been requested on the application from Gaelscoil Inse Chór for a school bus service. The Deputy will be informed of the outcome as soon as it has been received and a...More Button

Written Answers. - Secretarial and Caretaking Services.

Was asked: the arrangement he has put in place to replace secretaries who have pensionable positions in schools when they retire; the number of schools where persons have come up for retirement in the past two y...More Button

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

Written Answers. - Task Force on Dyslexia.

Was asked: if the special task force on dyslexia will be taking submissions from the public; if so, the format this will take; the person or body to whom submissions should be sent; and the members of the board ...More Button

Written submissions were invited from interested individuals or groups by the task force on dyslexia in the national press on Thursday 12 October, Friday 13 October and Saturday 14 October, 2000. Subm...More Button

Written Answers. - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the current situation regarding building projects (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and when he expects building work to commence.More Button

My Department's planning and building unit is currently processing applications from the management authorities of the schools in question for grant aid towards additional accommodation. It is not po...More Button


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