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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.
The Minister is missing the point of the Question, the workers unions at NUI Galway have no confidence in this task force which has little experience in these issues and has produced what is a weak list of recommendations. An independent inquiry needs to be established to investigate the culture of gender discrimination, intimidation and bullying at NUI Galway.
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills in view of the damage to the reputation of the National University of Ireland by recent high profile discrimination against female academic staff and applicants at NUI Galway, if she will back SIPTU’s call for an Independent Equality Review.
Clare raises key INTO demands for a better primary education with Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Urgent need to address the worst pupil/teacher ratio/class sizes in the Eurozone, and increase the amount of capitation per student at primary level to ensure all our young people have the best chances in life. Disadvantage in the early years carries through the system.