Dáil Éireann - Volume 503 - 22 April, 1999

Written Answers. - Teaching Qualifications.

132. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason a teacher (details supplied) has been refused restricted recognition in view of the fact she meets both requirement A and C of Circular 19/98; if he will reconsider this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10593/99]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): The person referred to by the Deputy did apply to my Department for restricted recognition to teach in special schools and special classes under the terms of Circular 19/98.

Unfortunately, her qualifications did not meet either of the requirements as set out in paragraph 2(a) or 2(c) of the circular.

Firstly, the post graduate qualification which she possesses is in fact a post graduate certificate in education (PGCE), which is a constituent part of her teacher training. It is not a qualification in [1209] a particular aspect of special education relevant to a special school or special class as is required under paragraph 2(a) of the circular. Furthermore, her teaching experience has not been gained in a special school or class with children diagnosed as having serious disabilities as required under paragraph 2(c) of circular 19/98, but has been gained in a mainstream capacity with children who have learning difficulties. Accordingly paragraph 2(c) of the circular did not apply in this case either.

As it was not possible to equate the applicant's qualifications or experience to the type of qualifications or experience as required under the terms of the circular, it was not possible to grant her restricted recognition. However, in view of her qualified teaching status from the United Kingdom, the applicant has been provisionally recognised under the terms of Circular 19/96. Such recognition allows her to take up positions in national schools for a period of up to three years, during which time she must acquire the Irish language qualification. Subject to her successfully passing the Irish qualification exam, and attending an approved Gaeltacht course, she would be accorded full recognition to teach.