Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 20 April, 1999
Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.
Mr. P. Carey Mr. P. Carey
548. Mr. P. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if dyslexic students who will be sitting the junior and leaving certificate in 1999 will be given appropriate consideration when their scripts are being marked; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9666/99]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): For any one subject at the junior or leaving certificate examinations a common marking scheme is applied to the work of all candidates taking the subject regardless of whether the candidate has a specific learning difficulty which  might cause difficulties with the presentation and ultimate readability of material presented for examination.
This year my Department will be instructing all examiners who have a difficulty in accessing the information given by a candidate to refer the script to their supervising examiner. This is to ensure that notwithstanding any presentational or readability difficulties every effort is made by the examiner or supervising examiner to ensure that the candidate is given full credit for all work done and that no candidate is disadvantaged.
Dáil Éireann 503 Written Answers. Special Educational Needs.