Archive for the ‘Education’ Category
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.