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Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 236. Dr. O'Hanlon Information on Rory O'Hanlon Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods  if an extra teacher will be provided at a school (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3877/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael Woods Zoom on Michael Woods The board of management of a primary school may apply to the primary branch of my Department for an additional teaching post if there are 14 or more non-national pupils with a significant English language deficit enrolled.

If there are less than 14 non-national pupils enrolled in a primary school the board may [1662] apply to the primary administration section of my Department for funding to provide additional teaching assistance to the non-national pupils. I am not aware that an application has been received from the board of management of the primary school in question for the appointment of a teacher of non-national pupils.

In the case of second level schools, the school authorities may apply for an additional allocation of teaching hours to meet the needs of non-national pupils with significant English language deficits. The management authority of the second level school in question has made an application for additional teaching hours in respect of non-national pupils. My Department has approved an additional allocation to meet this need.

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