Dáil Éireann - Volume 625 - 12 October, 2006

Written Answers. - Vocational Education Committees.

[1013] [1014] [1015] Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science when funding will be allocated to County Louth vocational educational committee in order that they can provide students at a school (details supplied) with an equal number of practical class hours in woodwork, home economics and art as students in other post-primary schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32508/06]

  Ms Hanafin:My Department allocates additional teaching hours to VECs to support the delivery of education programmes in a range of facilities, including special schools. Such allocations are made under the heading Co-Operation Hours with Other Institutions and are made in response to specific applications which are submitted by the VEC’s in advance of the commencement of the school year to which they relate.

The special school to which the Deputy refers is currently in receipt of 1350 co-operation hours for three subjects to cater for the 59 students enrolled in this school who are pursuing a course of study at post primary level.

My Department is currently undertaking a review of allocations to VECs under Co-Operation Hours with Other Institutions and the needs of this special school will be considered in the context of this review.