Tuesday, 7 February 2006
Dáil Eireann Debate
516. Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Science if the regulations she has signed in regard to school inspection reports will include written inspection reports on Irish at junior and senior level; if the regulations allow for scrutiny of retrospective reports; if it is intended to make such reports available to the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4391/06]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): I signed the Education Act 1998 (Publication of Inspection Reports on Schools and Centres for Education) Regulations 2006 and placed these regulations before the Oireachtas last week. The document entitled Publication of School Inspection Reports: Guidelines, 30 January 2006, is available on my Department’s website at www.education.ie. The guidelines state that publication procedures will apply to all inspections commenced on or after 6 February 2006.
This includes all subject inspection reports on Irish at post-primary level. The regulations do not allow for publication of reports of any inspections conducted prior to 6 February 2006. The inspection reports when finalised will be placed on my Department’s website.
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