Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): In early November 2000, I requested the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, NCCA, to set up a task group to examine the question of driver education in second level schools. The group was given three months to report on the subject. I understand that the task group met on two occasions, on 5 December 2000 and on 17 January 2001. The NCCA submitted a report to me on the work of the task group on 5 March 2001.
The basic recommendation of the task group is that a three-phase pilot project on driver education be set up in order to: provide a critical overview of current provision and practice in driver education and general road safety programmes in the Republic of Ireland; evaluate an initiative already in place in a Dublin school; and undertake a national pilot project in driver education which would run in a small sample of schools under carefully monitored conditions.
I informed the NCCA on 8 May 2001, that it will be necessary for the relevant sections of my Department to discuss the considerable funding implications of the proposed project before a decision is taken. The relevant officers of my Department will initiate these discussions as soon as possible.
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