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Clare submitted two questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, on what Department of Education officials have called ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools, and on inequitable two-tier pay for teachers. Her questions were unfortunately not selected from the lottery for Oral response, but you can see the Written Answers below.
QUESTION NO: 70
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 31/05/2016
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his discussions with the Department of Education and Skills regarding what is described in a briefing document for the new Minister for Education and Skills as ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools and regarding steps to address this funding crisis.
I understand that the assessment included in the briefing document referred to in the Deputy’s question refers to the capital funding position for Third Level rather than capital funding for schools.
Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the updated action plan for educational inclusion will examine the possibility of increasing the designation status of delivering equality of opportunity in schools school to incorporate more schools into the scheme. [10710/16]
Deputy Richard Bruton: The action plan for educational inclusion, known as DEIS, was published in 2005 and now provides support to 836 schools serving a total of 169,500 pupils. There are 103,233 pupils in 646 schools at primary level and 66,237 students in 190 schools at secondary level.
The DEIS programme has been implemented in partnership with schools and other Government Departments and agencies such as Tusla, which manages the home school community liaison and school completion programmes, and the Department of Social Protection, which is responsible for the school meals programme.
8. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is aware of the integrated preschool unit at a school (details supplied); his plans to ensure its survival at that location and to expand services of this nature further to more communities. [10709/16]
Deputy Richard Bruton: On the specific preschool referred to by the Deputy, I understand the community facilities provided on the site in question initially provided accommodation for a preschool but that, following its closure, a new preschool has been opened in two classrooms in the school. It should be noted that under Circular 16/05, issued in 2005 on the use of school premises during the school day for purposes other than regular school business, the prior approval of the Minister should have been sought in order that the overall needs of the school could be accommodated. Proposals to the Minister to allow use of accommodation during the school day have been facilitated in the past, provided a school’s current and future accommodation needs are not compromised and the consent of the patron has been received. In the case of Holywell national school, future accommodation needs for the primary school intake will take precedence over the needs of the preschool. A proposal from the school concerned will be considered in that regard.
Clare submitted questions on pay for school secretaries and the right of a child to opt out of religious education in school for oral answer to the Minister for Education and Skills. The questions were unfortunately not selected from the lottery, but the Minister’s written responses are below.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will address the anomaly whereby school secretaries are on inferior contracts compared to Departmental secretaries, and to initiate a system of parity with this grade, including a defined pay scale, pension and sick leave entitlements..
– Clare Daly.