Dáil Éireann - Volume 473 - 28 January, 1997
Written Answers. - Teacher Appointments.
Mr. E. O'Keeffe Mr. E. O'Keeffe
182. Mr. E. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education if she will sanction the appointment of a full-time remedial teacher for a national school (details supplied) in County Cork which has 384 pupils enrolled at present. [2017/97]
Mr. O'Donoghue Mr. O'Donoghue
185. Mr. O'Donoghue asked the Minister for Education whether she will appoint a remedial teacher for ten national schools in the parishes of Glenbeigh, Killorglin and Beaufort, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2020/97]
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach) Niamh Bhreathnach
Minister for Education (Ms Bhreathnach): I propose to take Questions Nos. 182 and 185 together. I am not in a position at present to allocate additional remedial teachers to primary schools. The allocation of such posts is subject to resource availability in any given year.
Since my appointment as Minister for Education, I have allocated an additional 241 remedial teachers to the primary sector. A total of 1,188 remedial teachers are now in place and the percentage of pupils who have access to a remedial service has increased from 77 per cent to 87 per cent. However, as Minister for Education, I have to consider how best to deploy available resources across a wider range of special needs. I have to determine priorities and try to allocate resources to best effect.
In the current year I have adopted a particular focus on children who suffer from educational disadvantage and have sought to target resources into this area in an effort to break the cycle of disadvantage. As part of this approach, I recently launched a major new initiative aimed at bringing special targeted assistance to children in selected urban and rural areas who suffer serious educational disadvantage.
I am satisfied that since my appointment as Minister for Education I have achieved substantial advances across the entire spectrum of special needs, including the remedial area. It is my intention to continue this process. When I am next in a position to extend the remediation service, the needs of the schools referred to by the Deputies will receive every consideration.
Dáil Éireann 473 Written Answers. Teacher Appointments.