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Written Answers - Home Tuition

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 165.  Deputy Pat Breen Information on Pat Breen Zoom on Pat Breen  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if extra home tuition hours will be allocated to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16056/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The Home Tuition scheme provides funding to parents to provide for education at home for children who, for a number of reasons such as chronic illness, are unable to attend school. The scheme was extended in recent years to facilitate tuition for children awaiting a suitable educational placement including eligible pre-school children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Eligibility for children with a medical condition is assessed with reference to a completed medical report and attendance records supplied by the school in which the pupil is enrolled. The allocation of home tuition hours for children with a medical ailment is determined with reference to the age of the child and their level of attendance. Additional hours can be allocated to eligible children during their leaving certificate year.

The allocation made to the child referred to by the Deputy cannot be increased for the remainder of this school year.


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