O'Keeffe, Batt

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 669 No. 2

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Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if it is proposed to cut funding to a college (details supplied) in Dublin 2; his views on the consequences for the deaf community of such a reduction, in terms of teacher, university lecturer and si...More Button

The Universities Act, 1997, confers autonomous statutory responsibilities on universities in relation to the day to day management of their affairs and it is a matter for each university to manage the...More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: his proposals in relation to having an independent review of the post-primary school transport system; when such a review will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Whole School Evaluations.

Was asked: the annual cost of whole school evaluations and subject inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Inspectorate is part of the Department of Education and Science, all costs associated with its work are paid from the administrative budget of the Department. Whole school evaluations and subje...More Button

Written Answers - State Examinations.

Was asked: the annual cost of oral exams and practical exams held in school term as opposed to holiday time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations, including charging and collecting fees for examinations and applying su...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the annual cost of school development and planning programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The School Development Planning Initiative (SDPI) is a support service established by my Department to assist and strengthen a culture of collaborative development planning in post primary schools, wi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the annual cost of in-service courses organised by second level service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In 2008 the Second Level Support Service has a budget of €4.092m. The budget covers the provision of support for a large number of curricular areas and programmes. In 2008-2009 the full range of sub...More Button

Written Answers - Psychological Service.

Was asked: if his Department will provide for a necessary up to date psychological assessment for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin with dyslexia prior to transition from primary to secondary school ...More Button

I can inform the Deputy that NEPS, in common with many other psychological services and best international practice, encourages a staged assessment process, whereby each school takes responsibility fo...More Button

Written Answers - Teacher Inspection.

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be assessed and inspected in their place of employment in view of the fact that they are in their second year and teaching in Athlone; and if he ...More Button

While the teacher in question is in her second year of employment she did not register for probation last year. An application to register for probation from the teacher in question was received durin...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 271 of 30 October 2008, the position regarding the programme; if a school (details supplied) is to be included; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is examining the feasibility of grouping a number of schools including the school referred to by the Deputy in the 3rd Bundle of school projects to be procured via Public Private Partner...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the discussions that have taken place since Dáil Éireann last debated the issue of wider recognition for the applied behavioural analysis approach to the education of children in the autistic spectru...More Button

Officials in my Department have met on a regular basis with the relevant groups in relation to the commitment in the current programme for Government to long-term funding for the centres that are in t...More Button

Written Answers - School Enrolments.

Was asked: the number of students enrolled on the junior certificate schools programme and leaving certificate applied programme respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information available to my Department at this time relates to the 2007/8 school year. In that year the number of pupils enrolled in the Junior Certificate Schools Programme was 7,649 and 7,437 pu...More Button

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) in County Longford are not being admitted to their local national school; the action their parents can take to provide a local, accessible education for their ch...More Button

Enrolment in individual state funded schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and my Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by schools in such matter...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the cost in terms of wages and salaries for the provision of special needs assistants in the education service; if SNAs are paid when the school is on holidays; the expected savings to his Department...More Button

The estimated cost for the provision of special needs assistants in 2008 is €323.5 million. The breakdown is as follows: Primary €267 million; Post Primary €56.5 million. The purpose of the provision...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent by his Department in each year over the past five years, including 2008, on the distribution of publications from his Department to schools, teachers, boards of management and others...More Button

The amount spent by my Department on the distribution of publications to schools etc. cannot be separated from the overall cost of postage including bulk postage issued from my Department. My Departme...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the timeframe for the appointment of a design team to initiate the architectural planning of the extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork, authorisation for which was originally given ...More Button

The development of a building project for the school in question is at an early stage. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1671 of 24 September 2008, the status of an application by a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school in question submitted an application to my Department for emergency funding. Emergency works grants are made available to schools most in need of resources as a result of unforeseen emergen...More Button

Written Answers - Educational Disadvantage.

Was asked: the impact on staffing levels the budget 2009 announcements on education will have on a DEIS school (details supplied) in County Limerick; the steps he will take to ensure that the work of this schoo...More Button

Written Answers - Distance Learning.

Was asked: the measures his Department is taking to increase the affordability and the number of third level distance learning courses here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Higher Education Authority is currently conducting a review of Open and Distance Learning provision in Ireland. The Review will address: best practices internationally for the provision of Open a...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 10; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6w; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 10; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6w; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6w; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6w; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 445, 449, 450, 452, 453, 456 to 461, inclusive, together. The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decision...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in ...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 10; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the changes following Budget 2009 to the staffing levels of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; the reduction in the grants to the school for the forthcoming year vis-à-vis the funding level in...More Button

Was asked: the proposals he has to meet the problems which are being faced by a secondary school (details supplied) in County Waterford arising from the budget 2009 cuts in education; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 446 to 448, inclusive, 451, 454, 455 and 474 together. The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions w...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the status of the building programme for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension and refurbishment project. The project is at an advanced stage of architectural pla...More Button

Was asked: the status of the building programme for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension and refurbishment project. The project is at an advanced stage of architectural pla...More Button

Was asked: the status of the building programme for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has received an application for major capital funding from the school to which the Deputy refers. The commencement and progression of all large scale building projects from initial desi...More Button

Was asked: the status of the building programme for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6w; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage throug...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Funding.

Was asked: the amount of revenue funding allocated to each of the universities and each of the institutes of technology in 2008 and in each of the previous five years; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy for the years 2003 to 2007 is contained in the tables. The recurrent grant breakdown per institution for 2008 is not yet available pending end of year allocati...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the average number of pupil-teacher ratios in both national and secondary schools in County Kilkenny. More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. In ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the number of days uncertified leave taken by teachers in both national and secondary schools in County Kilkenny to date in the 2008-09 school year; and the cost to his Department to provide substitu...More Button

In the 2008/2009 school year the managerial authorities of primary schools in Co. Kilkenny have recorded that teachers employed in their schools have taken 765 uncertified sick leave days. In the se...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Refurbishment.

Was asked: when his Department will implement the summer works scheme; and when schools can make an application under this scheme. More Button

Since the Summer Works Scheme was introduced, over 3,000 projects, costing in excess of €300 million, have been completed. With so many smaller projects having been completed over the past few years,...More Button

Was asked: the status of the application of a school (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school referred to by the Deputy applied for a grant of €13,000 to enhance its outdoor play facilities under the Dormant Accounts / RAPID Leverage Fund Small Scale Capital Grant Scheme for Disadva...More Button

Written Answers - School Placement.

Was asked: the reason a second level school place has not been offered to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The question of enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and the Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by schools in such ma...More Button

Written Answers - Grant Payments.

Was asked: if further to correspondence (details supplied), he will confirm that rent allowance is considered reckonable income; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent allowance is included in the calculation of reckonable income for grant purposes.More Button

Written Answers - School Transport.

Was asked: if further to correspondence (details supplied) he will confirm that the rules state that eligibility is to the nearest suitable school and in view of the fact that the nearest school cannot physical...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the proposals he has to address the problems that will arise for a primary school (details supplied) in County Waterford resulting from the budget 2009 cutbacks; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. Decisions were made in order to control expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long term. In thi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the estimated cost to his Department of in-service training for teachers at post primary level for 2009 and 2010. More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost to his Department of in-service training for teachers at primary level for 2009 and 2010. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 476 and 477 together. The budgets in 2009 for the individual programmes that provide continuous professional development (CPD) for teachers are currently being finali...More Button

Written Answers - Library Services.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the withdrawal by him of a grant to a service (details supplied) in County Waterford will result in that service being discontinued in 2009 and that t...More Button

Notwithstanding the increase of €302 million in the Education budget for 2009, which is a real achievement in the current economic climate, a number of tough and difficult decisions had to be taken....More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: the cost per year of providing prefabricated buildings for the past ten years at all schools in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the cost per year of providing prefabricated buildings for the past 10 years at all schools nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 479 and 480 together. The details sought by the Deputy in relation to the cost of providing prefabricated buildings in County Waterford are not readily available but I...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the withdrawal of substitute cover for teachers on uncertified sick leave will have particularly acute consequences for small schools in view of the f...More Button

Notwithstanding the increase of €302 million in the Education budget for 2009, in making the announcement of the Budget measures for education, I stressed that tough choices had to be made in meeting ...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: if he will examine the situation of a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this school will lose one of its four teachers because it has 80 ...More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. In...More Button

Written Answers - School Curriculum.

Was asked: if he will respond to a query that has twice been sent to him directly (details supplied). More Button

I have arranged for an official from my Department to contact the Deputy directly in relation to this matter.More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the cost per year of providing prefabricated buildings for the past ten years at a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a design team will be appointed and plans drawn up in respect of a permanent building for a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the band rating in regard to prioritisation criteria of the application in respect of a permanent building for a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 484 to 486, inclusive, together. The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the cost per year of providing prefabricated buildings for the past 10 years at th...More Button

Written Answers - School Accommodation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that no permanent structures to accommodate school pupils have been built in Tramore, County Waterford since 1982, in spite of the fact that the town has b...More Button

Since 2004 my Department has provided funding under the Summer Works Scheme and/or Emergency Works Grant for Stella Maris, the CBS, Holy Cross NS and Glór na Mara NS in Tramore. This funding has enab...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: if he will sanction the invitation of tenders for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare. More Button

I am pleased to advise that the tender documents for the school in question have been reviewed. Notification of approval and requirements for proceeding to tender issued on 27 November.More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the impact the cutbacks in education will have on the staffing levels in a school (details supplied) in County Sligo, including all full-time and part-time teaching posts; the teacher numbers in this...More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. In ...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Recognition.

Was asked: the criteria for granting permanent recognition to a school; the criteria a school (details supplied) must fulfil; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The school to which the Deputy refers commenced operation in September 2002 with provisional recognition from my Department on the basis that it would be providing multi-denominational education in th...More Button

Written Answers - Site Acquisitions.

Was asked: the date on which a decision to acquire a site for a school (details supplied) was made; the action which has been taken since that decision was made; the reduction in the capital allocation for 2008...More Button

My Department requested the Office of Public Works to identify a suitable site for the school in question in September 2007. The Deputy will appreciate that the acquisition of a site has to be conside...More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: his plans to make provision for a child (details supplied) in County Mayo at a school in September 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers, for allocating resource teachers and s...More Button

Written Answers - Road Safety.

Was asked: when road markings will be undertaken by his Department as per planning conditions on foot of grant of permission to a school (details supplied) in County Kildare; if he will provide an assurance tha...More Button

My Department is currently awaiting further information from its consultant architect with regard to the outstanding issues at the school referred to by the Deputy. This matter will be considered furt...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 qualifies for a higher education grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for student maintenance grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority, either the local authority or VEC, as appropriate. These bodies do not refer individual ap...More Button

Written Answers - Schools Building Projects.

Was asked: the position regarding a school (details supplied); his views on whether this is the proper structure with leaking roofs, no hot water and inadequate sewerage systems in which to educate the children...More Button

An application for an extension has been received from the school referred to by the Deputy and an assessment of the long term needs of the school has been concluded. The commencement and progression ...More Button

Written Answers - Disadvantaged Status.

Was asked: the difference in funding, each school (details supplied) in Dublin 1, 7, and 9 will receive under the DEIS programme in 2009, compared to 2007 and 2008 in tabular form; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Issues.

Was asked: the procedures in place to ensure electrical safety in primary and post-primary schools here; if regular inspections are carried out by appropriate contractors; and the body responsible for arranging...More Button

Individual school authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care. In this regard, in accordance with the Safety, Health an...More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: the impact of the budget 2009 cuts on smaller rural schools and on pupil-teacher ratio in larger primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The 2009 Budget required difficult choices to be made across all areas of public expenditure. These decisions were made to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. In ...More Button

Written Answers - School Staffing.

Was asked: the projected number for specifically trained language support teachers in the primary and post-primary system from September 2009; the number of projected posts in each sector from September 2009; t...More Button

The budget measures will mean that the level of language support will be reduced from a maximum of six extra teachers per school to a maximum of two teachers per school, as was the case before 2007....More Button

Written Answers - Special Educational Needs.

Was asked: the position regarding the decision on the allocation of a special needs assistant to a child (details supplied) in County Meath; and if this child is entitled to additional SNA support from the Nati...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers, for allocating resource teachers and...More Button

Written Answers - Higher Education Grants.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The decision on eligibility for student maintenance grants is a matter for the relevant assessing authority, either the local authority or VEC, as appropriate. These bodies do not refer individual ap...More Button

Was asked: the reason persons (details supplied) were not facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The candidates referred to by the Deputy submitted appeals to my Department on the 24th November 2008. A decision will issue to them following the examination of their appeals.More Button

Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Was asked: if he will meet a deputation from a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have already received a request to meet the school referred to by the Deputy. Due to other diary commitments, I will not be in a position to meet with delegations for several weeks but I will cons...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Issues.

Was asked: if, in view of the safety concerns, which have been expressed about the safety of children and the very real dangers that exist at a school (details supplied) in County Longford, in relation to parki...More Button

Individual school authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for ensuring the safety and welfare of children and others in their care including traffic management measures. In accordance wit...More Button

Written Answers - Teaching Council.

Was asked: the number of teachers at primary and secondary level who have not joined the Teaching Council to date. More Button

Was asked: the moneys spent to date by the Teaching Council; and the source of those moneys. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 505 and 507 together. As the Deputy will be aware the Teaching Council Act 2001 provided for the establishment of a Council for the purposes of promoting teaching as a...More Button

Was asked: the legislative basis for the threatening letters sent to teachers who have not joined the Teaching Council telling them that they will not be paid their salaries. More Button

Since its establishment in 2006, the Teaching Council is responsible for the promotion of teaching as a profession; the promotion of the professional development of teachers and for the regulation of...More Button


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