Dáil Éireann - Volume 584 - 27 April, 2004

Written Answers. - Departmental Reports.

  450. Ms O. Mitchell asked the Minister for Education and Science his plans to implement the recommendations of the McIver report; and when this process will commence. [12083/04]

  Mr. N. Dempsey: The post-leaving certificate review was commissioned to examine the sector and make recommendations as necessary regarding the organisational, support, development, technical and administrative structures and resources required in schools with large scale post-leaving certificate, PLC, provision. The final report was completed in April 2003.

The recommendations of the report are wide ranging and encompass proposals that extend beyond PLC provision. The report poses [434] considerable challenges in the shaping of structures for the delivery of further and adult education and costs into the future. The McIver report included a recommendation that organisations involved in the further education sector should form a council of FE colleges with the specific composition of that body to be discussed further. As an initial step, the Minister of State, Deputy de Valera will address a meeting of the stakeholders in the PLC sector on Tuesday, 4 May, with a view to having them agree proposals for submission to the Department about the composition and remit of the council.

Having regard to the number and scope of the recommendations in the report, further consultations with all the relevant interests with regard to prioritisation of the recommendations will be necessary.