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McConalogue, Charlie

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

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Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

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Back to School Costs

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on whether children qualifying for a special needs assistant this coming September will experience reductions in their allocated special needs assistant hours due to the continuance of th...More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. This is an issue we discussed on Private Members' business last week. At the outset I express my disappointment that neither the Minister nor a Minister of ...More Button

The cap is remaining the same and there is a 10% increase in demand. Those are two facts. That means there is a reduction in hours available to individual children who need to avail of an SNA-----More Button

-----because they now have to share those SNAs with more children, meaning there are fewer hours available to them.More Button

I am disappointed the Minister is not acknowledging that is the impact it is having on the ground - it is leading to a cut for many children. I ask him to acknowledge that and apply the same-----More Button

-----treatment to SNAs as he did to the issue of resource teachers-----More Button

------where he actually increased the number of teachers available there.More Button

In his final reply I ask the Minister to outline why neither he nor one of his Ministers of State was available to be present in the Dáil last Wednesday night for the debate on the Private Members'...More Button

I would be pleased if the Minister could provide some evidence to back up his case. So far we have seen nothing in that regard from him other than an assertion that there has been no cut. We ha...More Button

Does the Minister have any explanation as to why he was not present last Wednesday night?More Button

Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of Student Universal Support Ireland applications for 2012-13 still to receive a final answer; the number of appeals outstanding; the steps he has taken to ensure students are not refuse...More Button

At the outset, I wish to recap precisely what the experience with SUSI has been. In the past year, more than half or approximately 20,000 students did not get paid their first grant instalment unt...More Button

The current position, after examinations are finished, is that almost 500 students remain within the appeals system and 133 students still await a decision. In many such cases, these students ar...More Button

As for the remaining cases, can the Minister clarify further what precisely is the position with regard to them getting their examination results? Can the Minister give Members a deadline as to wh...More Button

In his response, the Minister has just shown how he has completely failed to handle this issue since he introduced the SUSI system. He has just told me SUSI is not responsible for handling postgra...More Button

I thank the Minister but in his response, the Minister has displayed his lack of a handle on this issue since the outset. He has shown he does not understand there could be a postgraduate student ...More Button

Can the Minister give Members a final deadline as to when those students who already have completed their examinations and whose examinations already have been corrected will finally receive an ans...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply. My party has welcomed that report. We believe massive progress has been made on special education in the past 15 years in particular. An examination of the wa...More Button

There has been much evidence in recent years showing increased numbers of students with special needs leaving post-primary mainstream schools for special schools. According to research, academic...More Button

What timeline does the Minister have in place for that report? Does he envisage it will be a report that will address the issue of improving the delivery of special education at second level? T...More Button

I thank the Minister for that reply. It leaves a lot to be desired in terms of ensuring smooth transition from primary level to secondary level. Has the Minister undertaken any initiatives or any...More Button

I too have grave concerns about the way the Minister is reforming the junior certificate. There is a need for an impartial examination which can have a benefit in ensuring standards throughout the...More Button

Britain is moving away from this and is looking at more standard examinations at junior certificate level. Junior certificate reform is welcome but there are serious concerns about that aspect o...More Button

State Examinations Issues

Will the Minister indicate why schools and principals were only informed last week about the allocation of resource teaching hours and those relating to special needs assistants, SNAs, for the comi...More Button

It was reported widely in the newspapers that the Minister's Department specifically asked the National Council for Special Education not to release the resource teaching allocations for a period o...More Button

Special Educational Needs Services Provision (Continued)

I thank the Minister for the clarification. I take it from his response that he is planning to hire up to 500 additional teachers in the autumn to meet what may be additional demand.More Button

In a previous response in the Dáil today the Minister indicated that he did not expect any overall change in the number of resource teachers in the system, so the two statements are contradictory. ...More Button

There have been stories in the newspapers this week that it is the Minister's intention next year to increase the overall pupil-teacher ratio to pay for this. Will he give an assurance to the Dá...More Button

I am quite concerned by the Minister's response indicating that the only place to find the money was in the pupil-teacher ratio. It seems to be the only area identified so far, and the Minister ha...More Button

Ambulance Services

I will indicate to the Minister that my party has ring-fenced education spending in our pre-budget submissions. We put it to him that he needs to do the same and protect education. I ask that he ...More Button

Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

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Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

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Special Educational Needs Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of hours a permanent special needs assistant in a primary school is required to work on a weekly basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: whether the total number of hours a permanent special needs assistant in a primary school works is inclusive or exclusive of tea breaks and lunch breaks; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

School Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow is being asked for a financial contribution; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

After-School Support Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she is committed to retaining funding for the school completion programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the progress she can report on her plans for a second free preschool year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button