Dáil Éireann - Volume 512 - 01 December, 1999
Written Answers. - Computerisation Programme.
Mr. Deenihan Mr. Deenihan
94. Mr. Deenihan asked the Minister for Education and Science the plans, if any, he has to provide dedicated computers for guidance counsellors in post-primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25171/99]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): I recently announced details of an additional round of allocations under the existing Schools IT 2000 programme. These grants amount to £9.77 million and are focused on a number of areas and, in particular special needs, guidance and staff support.
The equipment needs of the career guidance service in each second-level school, recognised for grant purposes under the free education scheme, will be met through the provision of grant aid on the following basis: schools with up to 999 students: £1,500; schools with 1,000 or more students: £3,000.
The level of funding is higher for schools with 1,000 or more students since these are entitled to an allocation of two career guidance counsellors.
The relevant grants are to be issued in December.
In addition, Qualifax and Ectis guidance software will be distributed to every school by the National Centre for Technology in Education as soon as possible.
Dáil Éireann 512 Written Answers. Computerisation Programme.