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Other Questions - School Staffing

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 12.  Deputy Michael Moynihan Information on Michael Moynihan Zoom on Michael Moynihan  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the reason a school (details supplied) in Dublin 1 will lose three teacher posts in September despite the promise that DEIS band schools would not lose any legacy posts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19405/12]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The new dedicated staffing schedule, when applied to the school referred to by the Deputy, ensures this school operates its entitlement under the DEIS programme to a more favourable pupil-teacher ratio of 20:1. In addition, the school will retain the more favourable pupil-teacher ratios under previous disadvantage schemes for the 2012-13 school year. Owing to a falling enrolment, the school is due to lose one mainstream classroom teacher and one administrative principal post. I wish to clarify it would lose these posts, regardless of any reforms to the teacher allocation process or budgetary measures.

The allocation processes also include an appeals mechanism, under which schools can appeal against the allocation due to them under the staffing schedules. The school to which the Deputy refers has submitted an appeal. The staffing appeals board which operates independently of my Department met on 18 April and will notify schools directly. The final staffing position for all schools at primary level ultimately will not be known until the autumn. At that stage the allocation process will be fully completed and any appeals to the staffing appeals board will have been considered.

Deputy Brendan Smith: Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith I presume this reply refers to St. Laurence O’Toole’s junior boys school.

Deputy Ruairí Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn Yes.

Deputy Brendan Smith: Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith This matter was discussed earlier and my information does not tally with the Minister’s response. I will drop him a note tomorrow on this case.

[89]Deputy Ruairí Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn I thank the Deputy. Let us get the facts and deal with them properly.

Deputy Brendan Smith: Information on Brendan Smith Zoom on Brendan Smith I will also double-check the data provided for me.


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