Dáil Éireann - Volume 495 - 03 November, 1998

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

661. Mr. Spring asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will sanction the appointment of additional teachers to St. Brendan's College, Killarney, County Kerry, in order to reduce the pupil-teacher ratio. [20988/98]

665. Proinsias De Rossa asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide extra teachers to cater for all the needs of students at St. Mary's secondary school, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21027/98]

668. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will approve the application for additional teaching staff by the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [21050/98]

670. Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science if approval will be given to the application for additional teaching staff by the board of management of a school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [21082/98]

[1771] 671. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that extra teachers are required in a school (details supplied) in County Sligo to cater for the needs of the 441 students; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the pupil-teacher ratio in 1972 was better than it is now; his views on whether spending on extra teachers would represent a productive investment with benefits for our economy and our society; the plans, if any, he has in place to deal with these problems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21084/98]

672. Mr. Perry asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that extra teachers are required in a school (details supplied) in County Sligo to cater for the needs of the students; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that the pupil teacher ratio in 1972 was better than it is now; his views on whether spending on extra teachers would represent a productive investment with benefits for our economy and our society; the plans, if any, he has in place to deal with these problems. [21085/98]

676. Mr. Farrelly asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the present pupil-teacher ratio at a school (details supplied) in County Meath; his views on whether this is an acceptable level; the action, if any, he will take to reduce these numbers; the amount of extra finance which will be provided to alleviate this problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20983/98]

678. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the proposals, if any, he has to meet the needs of a school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21285/98]

682. Ms Cooper-Flynn asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will consider a phased reduction in the ratio for appointing teachers to second level schools until levels of staffing are adequate to allow the schools to cater for the needs of their students. [21289/98]

688. Mrs. Owen asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans, if any, he has to improve the staffing position at second level schools; if so, when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21295/98]

692. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide extra teachers for a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21299/98]

698. Mr. Shatter asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide additional teachers to Coláiste Eanna, Ballyroan Road, Dublin 14, in order to improve the pupil-teacher [1772] ratio, to reduce overcrowding in classes and to facilitate the school to cater for all of the needs of the students attending it. [21306/98]

703. Mr. P. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science when he will implement a phased reduction in the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools; if the management of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 11 has approached his Department to seek additional staff for its enrolment of 761 students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21311/98]

709. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties posed for second level schools in providing the necessary range of subject choices by the current ratio used for appointing teachers to second level schools; and if he will consider a phased reduction in that ratio. [21394/98]

711. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the proposals, if any, he has to meet the needs of a school (details supplied) in Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21430/98]

726. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the proposals, if any, he has to provide the extra teachers required to cater for all of the needs of the students at a second-level school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21598/98]

727. Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans, if any, he has to improve the pupil-teacher ratio in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21599/98]

728. Dr. O'Hanlon asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide extra teachers for a school (details supplied) in County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21600/98]

744. Ms McManus asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will ensure that there is a phased reduction in the ratio for appointing teachers to second level schools until levels of staffing in schools are adequate to allow schools to cater for all the needs of their students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21755/98]

756. Mr. U. Burke asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will improve the staffing ratio at Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, County Galway, in order to allow the school to cater for all the needs of the pupils; or the plans, if any, he has for a phased reduction in the ratio in the future. [21894/98]

[1773] Minister for Education and Science Mr. Martin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 661, 665, 668, 670, 671, 672, 676, 678, 682, 688, 692, 698, 703, 709, 711, 726, 727, 728, 744 and 756 together.

School authorities may apply for an increase in the approved teacher allocation to cater for particular circumstances. Applications of this nature are considered under the curricular appeal process and each case is considered on its merits.

As the Deputies will appreciate additional resources must be considered in light of overall fiscal policy.