Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 20 April, 1999
Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Status.
Mr. J. Bruton Mr. J. Bruton
538. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has evaluated an application made by Castlecomer community school seeking to be accepted under disadvantaged status; and if he will approve their application. [9631/99]
Mr. P. Carey Mr. P. Carey
549. Mr. P. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has considered the application of St. Mary's secondary school, Glasnevin for disadvantaged status; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9667/99]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 538 and 549 together.
The authorities of Castlecomer Community School and St. Mary's secondary school, Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin Dublin 11, have applied to my Department for disadvantaged status. In the current school year, of the total of 762 schools at second level, 190 schools have disadvantaged status.
I have no proposals at present for designating further schools as disadvantaged. However, I can assure the Deputies that the position of Castlecomer community school and St. Mary's Glasnevin will receive full consideration in the context of any future review of this scheme.
A study of educational disadvantage conducted by the Combat Poverty Agency and the Education Research Centre in 1996 concluded that  disadvantaged status should be confined to 16 per cent of the school going population. The study noted that such status had already been granted to 17 per cent of pupils. As an alternative to extending the disadvantaged areas scheme to additional schools, the study recommended that available resources be targeted on the most disadvantaged schools.
Dáil Éireann 503 Written Answers. Disadvantaged Status.