Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
537. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on recent correspondence received from a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9788/09]
Minister for Education and Science (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): In accordance with existing arrangements, where a school management authority is unable to meet its curricular commitments within its approved allocation, my Department considers applications for additional short term support i.e. curricular concessions. This concession is available as a short term support to enable essential curricular provision to continue.
The allocation processes also include appellate mechanisms under which schools can appeal against the allocation due to them under the staffing schedules. The Principal of a school can submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeal Board which was established specifically to adjudicate on appeals on staffing allocations in post-primary schools. This Board operates independently of my Department.
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