McDonagh, Jarlath

Wednesday, 25 November 1998

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 157 No. 7

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I move amendment No. 31: In page 16, paragraph (a)(iv), line 36, after “associations” to insert “following consultation with school management”. Amendment put and declared lost.More Button

Senator Costello has nearly made my case. A board of management is an integral part of a school. I commend them for the work they have done. It is the essence of transparency to have a board. It i...More Button

I draw the Minister's attention to page 19, line 10 which states “.. the patron shall, from time to time or as requested by the Minister..”. Would he be prepared to substitute “on an annual basis” or...More Button

I move amendment No. 37: In page 18, subsection (5), line 47, after “teachers” to insert “and adult education providers”.More Button

Being a reasonable person, I accept what the Minister is saying. I am sure he is saying it in good faith. There is no reason to believe otherwise. I will withdraw the amendment if he is prepared to...More Button

I move amendment No. 49: In page 25, paragraph (a), line 9, after “instruction” to insert “free from any interruption”. Loss of tuition time for students is giving great cause for concern. There is a...More Button

We will have to bring back Senator Cregan.More Button

As a teacher, I am a strong advocate of in-service training. However, its provision could be more streamlined and take place throughout the year. There is a tendency at present — perhaps there is mo...More Button

I do not know if that is the case but there appears to be a great deal of in-service training at this time.More Button

I accept the Minister's comments on the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Amendment No. 50 not moved. Section 25 agreed to. Sitting suspended at 1 p.m. and resumed at 2 p.m.More Button

I move amendment No. 51: In page 25, subsection (1), line 18, after “school” to insert “and shall conduct its affairs according to rules guaranteeing openness and democratic operation”. This amendment...More Button

In light of the Minister of State's indication that the Bill provides structures which guarantee openness, transparency and democratic operation and that these must be adhered to, I will withdraw the ...More Button

On a point of clarification, can it be assumed that, if a student reaches the age of 18 years, all reporting and accountability relating to academic, pastoral and disciplinary records in a school pass...More Button

Can it be assumed that, when a student reaches 18 years of age, all reporting and accountability relating to their academic, pastoral and disciplinary records passes to him or her or will the school s...More Button

Will the 18 year old have a statutory right or can the school decide for him or her?More Button

Up to that time the school authority deal with the parents but now it may have to deal directly with the child. Will the parents be removed from the equation?More Button

I move amendment No. 57: In page 29, subsection (1), line 2, to delete “curriculum for” and substitute “curricula for all students attending.” There is a school of thought that recognises that the eas...More Button

Senator Costello mentioned adding the words “where practicable” to my amendment. I do not wish to be awkward but I am very keen on the matter. In fact, I would rather see a continental language taug...More Button

Will the Minister accept the phrase, “where practicable”; if not, will he ensure that a working committee takes cognisance of what many people, including parents, are saying?More Button

This is a welcome initiative which I will monitor in my capacity as Education spokesperson. I have been involved in education all my life and I hope something happens in this area in the future. I a...More Button

I was concerned about the vagueness of some of the proposals and I had intended to oppose the section pending clarification. The Minister has clarified a great deal in the course of this discussion. ...More Button

In a community school, fees are usually collected by the secretary of the board of management, who is the principal. This is a thorny issue at present as they are not remunerated for doing that or fo...More Button

I understand that sections 54 and 55 were added to the Bill on 17 June following amendments to the revised Bill. There seems to be no clearly defined limits and the proposals in the sections are some...More Button

Do these proposals give the Minister the power to set up corporate bodies without Dáil approval?More Button

But they can be set up without the approval of the Dáil?More Button

I accept the Minister's explanation and thank him for elaborating on the matter. Question put and agreed to. Sections 56 to 59, inclusive, agreed to. FIRST SCHEDULE.More Button

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