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Written Answers - Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 2

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 112.  Deputy Bernard J. Durkan Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he is satisfied that the pupil-teacher ratios in all schools throughout County Kildare are likely to remain within the average nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3317/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Statistics section of my Department’s website contains extensive information relating to pupil teacher ratio (PTR) and class size in primary schools. The source of this data is the National School Annual Census. Statistical information in respect of the current school year is currently being compiled in my Department and is due for publication in September 2012. The Deputy will be aware from the recent budget announcements that there is no increase in the general average of 28:1 for the allocation of classroom teachers at primary level. However the staffing arrangements in schools for the 2012/2013 school year can also be affected by changes in their enrolment, the impact of other budget measures and the reforms to the teacher allocation process. The reform of the allocation process is designed to bring a more equitable distribution of existing posts between schools so there will inevitably be some schools that will lose posts and some schools that will gain posts. My Department will be notifying schools in the coming weeks of the new staffing arrangements for 2012/13 school year.

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