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Written Answers - Special Educational Needs

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 227. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  when an examination reader will be supplied to a student (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23914/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations including organising the holding of examinations and determining procedures in places where examinations are conducted including the supervision of examinations. I can inform the Deputy that the Commission operates a scheme of Reasonable Accommodations in the certificate examinations. Applications for such accommodations are submitted by schools on behalf of their students.

In view of the above I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you. I wish to inform the Deputy that in all cases where a school/parent or student is dissatisfied with any aspect of the SEC’s decision in relation to an application for reasonable accommodations, they have access to an Independent Appeals Committee. All members of the Appeals Committee are drawn from outside the SEC. The remit of the Appeals Committee covers appeals against all elements of a decision taken by the SEC. All appeals are considered in light of published principles.

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