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Written Answers. - Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Wednesday, 18 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 559 No. 6

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 41. Mr. P. Breen Information on Pat Breen Zoom on Pat Breen  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  the steps he intends to take to ensure that the pupil teacher ratio is reduced to ensure all pupils can maximise their potential. [26593/02]

 66. Mr. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Education and Science Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey  his proposals to improve the pupil-teacher ratio; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26784/02]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. N. Dempsey): Information on Noel Dempsey Zoom on Noel Dempsey I propose to take Questions Nos. 41 and 66 together.

The pupil teacher ratios at both primary and second levels have improved significantly in recent years. At primary level the ratio has fallen from 22.2:1 in 1996/97 to 19.0:1 in the 2001 to 2002 school year while at second level the ratio has fallen from 16.0:1 to 14.0:1 in the same period. The projected ratios for primary and second levels for the current school year are 18.4:1 and 13.6:1, respectively.

In line with Government policy, my Department will continue to provide further reductions in the pupil teacher ratio within available resources and subject to spending priorities within the education sector. Priority will be given to pupils with special needs and those from disadvantaged areas.


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