Dáil Éireann - Volume 592 - 10 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Primary Education.

  262. Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of persons who completed their primary education for each of the most recent five years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28425/04]

  Ms Hanafin: The information requested by the Deputy is set out below.

Pupils Leaving Primary Education

Number

1998/99

58,845

1999/00

56,632

2000/01

54,142

2001/02

54,477

2002/03

55,224

These figures refer to the overall number of leavers from primary education in the 12 months preceding each primary census. Pupils in special education and pupils who emigrated are not included in the above figures.

This information is not broken down by standard and therefore, at present, it is not possible to determine exactly the number of children who have completed primary level education. This is one of the main reasons why my Department is developing an individualised primary database to replace the current, school level, census of primary schools. This new primary database will allow us to track the progress of students through primary education and to monitor their transition from primary to second level education.