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Funchion, Kathleen

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if consideration has been given to a provision which would enable students to complete junior cycle music with an approved tutor external to the school setting in view of the fact that it is not a ...More Button

This question is on music and the junior certificate cycle. Has any consideration been given to a provision whereby students could complete junior cycle music with an approved tutor external to th...More Button

I welcome the changes that allow for more classroom-based assessment and more continuous assessment. I am a great advocate of these. They should be introduced at leaving certificate level also. ...More Button

Music is a particular and unique subject. Many smaller schools, particularly in rural areas, do not offer it because they do not have the resources or teachers, yet the Department's primary scho...More Button

I thank the Minister. I am glad he is not completely closed to considering this again. As he said, just a handful of schools are affected. The reason we raise this, however, is that one or two p...More Button

Where schools do not offer music, I ask the Minister to consider having a system involving external tutors. I agree there could not be external tutors for every single subject but I propose them...More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if provision can be made in exceptional circumstances for the sitting of missed leaving certificate examinations without the necessity of waiting a year to do so or of repeating the year; and if he...More Button

My question is on repeat leaving certificate examinations and to ask if any provision can be made in exceptional circumstances for the sitting of missed leaving certificate examinations without the...More Button

I raised the issue because I am not a fan of the leaving certificate system. It does not suit every student. I do not believe in the pressurised two-weeks with the whole country waiting to see ho...More Button

I understand all of that but it would apply to a very small number of students. There should be a repeat module and, if not, there should be an option for students to apply to repeat exams in exce...More Button

State Examinations (Continued)

Let us say it was the end of July or the first week in August, not many students would fall into that category. Surely there would be some way for their exams to be reviewed, assessed, corrected a...More Button

Teaching Qualifications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if guidelines or provisions will be put in place to ensure second level students are taught maths by a teacher with a degree in the area in view of the fact that a recent report (details supplied) ...More Button

I will only need one minute on this question and will not need to come back with a supplementary question. We are raising it on the back of a report conducted that studied fourth class and second ...More Button

Pathway to Redress for Victims of Convicted Child Sexual Abusers: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

Sinn Féin is supporting the motion and we welcome the fact that it is being brought forward. I welcome the people in the Public Gallery and commend them on their courage. It is disgraceful that t...More Button

Junior Cycle Reform

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if consideration has been given to a provision by which students would be able to complete junior cycle music with an approved tutor external to the school setting in view of the fact that it is no...More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason for the lack of capital expenditure on the printing apprenticeship programme.More Button

Special Educational Needs Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the estimated cost of employing an additional 450 resource teachers.More Button

Psychological Services

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the allocation provided for educational psychologists; and the estimated cost of employing a further ten, 20, 30, 40 and 50 educational psychologists, respectively.More Button

School Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the estimated cost of completing the prefab replacement scheme in one, two and five years, respectively.More Button

Information and Communications Technology

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the allocation being invested in information technology infrastructure.More Button

Third Level Funding

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the allocation being invested in minor works and grants at third-level.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy Staff

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of speech and language therapists employed; and the estimated cost of employing an additional 100.More Button

School Completion Programme

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the estimated cost of restoring funding to the school completion programme to 2010 levels.More Button