Hanafin, Mary

Thursday, 10 March 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 599 No. 4

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Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if her Department has received a letter from a school (details supplied) in Dublin 4 on the special needs assistant hours for a person at the school; the steps she has taken to address the issues rais...More Button

My Department has received the letter referred to by the Deputy. The letter concerns the level of special needs assistant support, SNA, sanctioned to the school. The level of SNA support in the school...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of an autistic unit in a school (details supplied) in County Donegal.More Button

My Department has received an application to establish a special class for autism from the school referred to by the Deputy. My officials are currently liaising with the school authorities regarding t...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: if she will review the deplorable state of toilets at schools (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and the funding which is available to the schools for refurbishment.More Button

The scope of works referred to by the Deputy is appropriate for consideration under the summer works scheme, SWS. While a joint application was received from the schools in question under the SWS for ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if a national school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny is included in the staffing schedule review currently in progress within her Department; and when a report is likely to be available on this ...More Button

The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on the 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department an...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: when finance will be made available to a national school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny to provide temporary accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Options to address the accommodation needs of the school to which the Deputy refers are currently under consideration in the planning and building unit of my Department. A decision in this matter will...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Language.

Was asked: her views on whether, if the situation regarding the standard of Irish in teaching does not improve, no progress will be made with the language; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason for the lowering of pass marks in the Scrúdú Cáilíochta na Gaeilge last year, which is required for primary teachers who trained outside Ireland (details supplied).More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the standard of teaching Irish has been slipping for years (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the poor levels of Irish among teachers is one of the main reasons for a shortage of workers who are competent in the Irish language (details supplied); and if she will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether the standard of Irish among teachers needs to be reviewed in order to help address the problem regarding the shortage of workers who are competent in the Irish language; the actio...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether one of the major problems regarding a shortage of workers who are competent in the Irish language is the large number of teachers, particularly those qualified in recent years, wh...More Button

Was asked: her views on the combinations of factors, of which teacher training is a major element, behind poor levels of Irish resulting in a shortage of workers who are competent in Irish (details supplied); an...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180, 181, 186, 189, 190, 191 and 193 together. My Department’s inspectorate, on foot of a major review of Irish language policies carried out in the Department last ye...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether it is unacceptable that many children leave school unable to converse properly in Irish, especially when compared with children from France, Germany and so forth who, after the sa...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether a poor return is being made, after investment of time and money, in terms of learning Irish (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: her views on whether one of the reasons there is a demand for Gaelscoileanna is the fall in standard of teaching Irish in other schools (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Was asked: if she will publish the recommendations of the working group that was set up in her Department in 2002 to analyse education through Irish (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: her views on whether many children are leaving school unable to converse properly in Irish (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that children attending a school (details supplied) arrive with little Irish but that at the end of three weeks they have plenty of Irish; if she will have ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 182, 183, 184, 185, 187 and 188 together. Under the auspices of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, curricula at both primary and second level have bee...More Button

Written Answers - School Closures.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the board of management of a school (details supplied) has announced that the school will close and that the pupils have a very short period of time to...More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy is a Catholic all girls fee paying school with a total enrolment of 49 pupils. The pupil intake in September 2004 was four pupils. The trustees of the school have ...More Button

Written Answers - Teacher Training.

Was asked: her plans to introduce manual handling training; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are no plans by my Department to introduce manual handling training in schools. My Department’s teacher education section has, through the education centre network, approved and funded a number ...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: her plans to introduce health and safety legislation to protect students from injury due to lifting excessive weights; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In so far as occupational health and safety legislation is concerned, this is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. In accordance with the Safety, Health and We...More Button

Written Answers - Weight of Schoolbags.

Was asked: her views on whether back and spinal injuries might be caused to students by lifting heavy schoolbags in inappropriate ways; the action she has taken or will take to address this issue; if she will ta...More Button

A working group was set up in autumn 1997 to examine the potential problems caused by the weight of heavy schoolbags. The terms of reference of the working group were to consider the issue of heavy sc...More Button

Was asked: her views on the conclusion by the report of the working group on the weight of schoolbags that efforts should be made to reduce the size of text books, to split the content into different volumes and...More Button

Apart from a small number of prescribed texts at second level, mainly in the case of language subjects, school textbooks are not approved or prescribed by my Department at first or second level. Decis...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the number of educational psychologists required to provide a full service to first and second level students in Waterford; the number now in place; when the NEPS in the Waterford constituency will be...More Button

The current situation is that there are three NEPS psychologists based in the Waterford office and their work is overseen by the regional director for the south-eastern region, who is also a psycholog...More Button

Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been asked to repay an overpayment on salary; her views on whether this is fair; the person who was responsible for this error; the reason it ...More Button

The policy of my Department is to recover any overpayment of salary that is made to a teacher or special needs assistant. The procedure for the recovery of an overpayment is outlined in circular 15/04...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: if the application for the review of special needs assistant support for persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has yet been processed; if not, when the cases are likely to be reviewed; and if ...More Button

My Department considered an application for special needs assistant, SNA, support for the pupils in question. Based on the supporting documentation provided the pupils do not meet the criteria for suc...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the concerns of parents and teachers at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11 regarding the imminent staffing shortages for the 2005 to 2006 school year; if her D...More Button

The mainstream staffing of a primary school is determined by applying the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year to a staffing schedule agreed between my Department and th...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Waterford has not been seen by an educational psychologist from the NEPS; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As existing assessment reports showed that the named student was eligible for additional support in respect of his varied needs, my Department has allocated resource hours and a special needs assistan...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: if there is a possibility of altering an examination timetable (details supplied); if she will investigate the matter; if it is possible to make alternative arrangements in certain cases; the circumst...More Button

On foot of a Government decision, the then Minister for Education and Science formally established the State Examinations Commission on 6 March 2003. The commission now has statutory responsibility fo...More Button


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