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Martin, Micheál

Thursday, 28 March 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 463 Nbr. 5


Order of Business.

In light of a report published yesterday which indicated serious stress levels among young people, particularly young girls, in the context of the State examination system, the leaving certificate ...More Button

(Interruptions.)More Button

This is a very serious issue.More Button

It is a very serious issue for many young people and I raised it a number of times in the House.More Button

I only asked about proposals.More Button

I did, and I did not get a response from the Minister.More Button

The Minister said she would make no changes, but there is a need for some changes.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Leaving Certificate Examination Results.

Asked the Minister for Education: the reason it took until after 15 January, 1996 for the Price Waterhouse inquiry to commence in view of the fact that she decided on 14 December, 1995 that this inquiry was necessary; when the inqu...More Button

Notwithstanding the reference to the legal advice which the company received concerning the report's compilation, does the Minister's earlier commitment to publish the report and make it available ...More Button

I am somewhat concerned about the time lag between the Minister's decision on 14 December to proceed with an inquiry and its commencement one month later. Given the importance of this matter to st...More Button

I did not suggest the Minister broke the story, we did not hear about it until the story broke in a newspaper. If the Minister had issued a public statement other art students who were concerned a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education: whether she has received the formal report referred to in the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 86 of 6 March 1996 explaining the reason it took until February 1996 for her to respond to correspo...More Button

It is a matter of deep regret that the Minister should attempt to lay the blame for the delay in dealing with correspondence initially sent to her on one official in her Department. This correspon...More Button

Did the Minister follow up this correspondence?More Button

Will the Minister accept that there should be a system in her office which would facilitate her in following up correspondence of this sort? It is incredible to think that she is so removed from wh...More Button

The Minister got the letter.More Button

This is a wide-ranging issue which deals with more than the delay in replying to the correspondence. The Minister has revealed that no meeting has taken place to date and none will apparently take ...More Button

The issue of comparing the scripts of those who had sought rechecks and those who had not was raised and discussed with Department officials at earlier meetings between the parents and the teachers...More Button

Is the core issue not the integrity of the marking system applied to leaving certificate honours English? A senior teacher in the school with ten years senior examining experience with the Departme...More Button

That is not the core issue. The core issue is whether they were marked fairly.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed).

We have a strategic alliance.More Button

And not the backbenchers.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Private Colleges.

Asked the Minister for Education: whether she has received the report of the working group on private commercial colleges; whether she will comment on and publish this report; whether she will meet with representatives of the Highe...More Button

Will the Minister be available to meet representatives from the Higher Education Colleges Association?More Button

Will the Minister meet them?More Button

I detect from the Minister's reply that the answer is no and the Minister will not meet with representatives of the association.More Button

All I want is a simple yes or no. Will the Minister meet with representatives of the private independent third level colleges prior to any decisions being taken?More Button

I want a commitment from the Minister that she will meet representatives of the third level independent colleges prior to the decisions that will be taken under the Finance Act. I put it to the Mi...More Button

The Minister seems to have a problem with meeting groups and delegations generally. I regret that I have not received confirmation that she will meet representatives of this association prior to m...More Button

The key point in terms of social equity is that students attending NCEA approved courses in independent colleges should qualify for the same financial support as that given to students attending ot...More Button

The Minister will not meet them.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Provision of Independent regional technical college in Castlebar.

Asked the Minister for Education: whether she is committed to the growth and development of a fully fledged independent regional technical college in Castlebar, County Mayo; and financial resources, if any, what have been made avai...More Button

Will the Minister comment on concerns expressed by the regional technical college action committee in Castlebar that the Department of Education has not adopted a proactive approach to the growth a...More Button

The concern about this matter in the region and the articulation of it in the terms I outlined to the Minister, is that the language used in the context of Castlebar in the Programme for Government...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Brailling Service.

Asked the Minister for Education: if she will consider the development of a new system and operation for the production of brailled books and the provision of a comprehensive brailling service for braille dependent students.More Button

The Minister's assurance that the parents find the system satisfactory is extraordinary given that the question was tabled on foot of complaints from parents and particularly from one organisation ...More Button

Is the Minister concerned that some students have experienced delays of up to six months in getting the required school books? Children with visual impairment should not be disadvantaged in secur...More Button

I ask the Minister to investigate the matter further. Will she agree to meet the organisation involved — I will supply the names to her? It is important that she directly hear the views of ...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Southern Border Counties' Funding.

Will the Minister agree that the existence of strong, efficient and effective vocational education committees in the Border counties is useful in the context of this additional European funding, th...More Button

Can the Border county vocational education committees have any further confidence they will not be abolished by the Minister following the establishment of the regional education boards? This is ...More Button

We know that. It is the political decision that will determine it.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Ionad Oideachais (Gaillimh).

Systems failure.More Button

This is the third time the Minister has had to apologise for delays in replying to correspondence. Something is dreadfully wrong in the Minister's office, and it is not a laughing matter. On a ser...More Button

I cannot accept the system is efficient and Members of this House, in the first instance, should receive priority over any system. The Minister has been in office for more than three years. The v...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Sports Facilities.

I thank the Minister of State for his reply but I put it to him that while the code's standards are welcome they are essentially voluntary. Has the Minister of State given consideration to providi...More Button

While accepting the normal grant procedures whereby clubs apply to the national lottery and the Department for funding, would the Minister not give consideration to a separate grant scheme specific...More Button

Written Answers. - High Court Decision.

Asked the Minister for Education: the reason the Government is continuing to appeal the High Court decision regarding the O'Donoghue case concerning the rights of people with disabilities to an education in this country to the Supr...More Button

Written Answers. - Art Examinations' Recheck.

Asked the Minister for Education: whether the chief art examiner and other art examiners have been in the examinations branch of her Department, Athlone, County Westmeath, in the last five or six weeks and rechecked all the 1995 le...More Button

Written Answers. - Advertising Boards.

Asked the Minister for Education: whether it is normal procedure to place on advertising boards on sites where development under the aegis of her Department is taking place, statements to the effect that the development is being fu...More Button

Written Answers. - Regional Technical College.

Asked the Minister for Education: the financial provision she has made available in the 1996 Estimates for the development of Dún Laoghaire Regional Technical College, County Dublin.More Button

Written Answers. - Examinations Results Queries.

Asked the Minister for Education: the number of queries and representations received by her in the last number of months as a result of the errors discovered in the 1995 leaving certificate art examination papers regarding concerns...More Button

Written Answers. - 1995 Leaving Certificate Art Examiners.

Asked the Minister for Education: whether all art examiners involved in the correction and marking of the 1995 leaving certificate art examinations papers were fully qualified in that particular subject and that prior to undertakin...More Button