Thursday, 28 October 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
355. Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if the awards obtained in a USA university by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 would qualify them to teach in an Irish second level school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26590/04]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): The Registration Council is the statutory body which determines, with the approval of the Minister for Education and Science, the qualification requirements for the purpose of registration as a secondary teacher. The council prescribes that each applicant for registration as a secondary teacher must, among other requirements, hold a relevant third level qualification which in the opinion of the council, is adequate to enable the holder to teach at least one of the approved subjects or areas of study approved for the purpose of a course of instruction as set out in the rules and programme for secondary schools together with a suitable training in teaching qualification acceptable to the council which is directed towards the age range 12- 18 years.
Applications for the recognition of qualifications for the purpose of registration are considered by the council at meetings, which take place on a periodic basis. For the council to assess the suitability of qualifications for teaching purposes, full details of the courses of study pursued must be submitted. I will arrange to have the secretariat of the Registration Council make contact with the person in question with a view to advising him of the procedures to be followed.
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