Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Dáil Éireann Debate
158. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grounds on which reasonable accommodation was refused to a pupil (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15407/12]
Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations including organising the holding of examinations and determining procedures in places where examinations are conducted including the supervision of examinations.
I wish to inform the Deputy that in all cases where a school/parent or student is dissatisfied with any aspect of the SEC’s decision in relation to an application for reasonable accommodations, they have access to an Independent Appeals Committee. All members of the Appeals Committee are drawn from outside the SEC. The remit of the Appeals Committee covers appeals against all elements of a decision taken by the SEC. All appeals are considered in light of the published principles.
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