Written Answers. - Montessori Schools.

Robert Molloy

Question:

18 Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Education the support, if any, she intends giving to Montessori schools. [13488/95]

I do not intend to give support to Montessori schools. Schools recognised by my Department under the rules for national schools must teach the primary school curriculum, including Irish, and the qualifications of the teachers must be recognised by my Department. Teachers trained in the Montessori method are not recognised as qualified teachers for ordinary national schools. They are recognised as teachers for certain categories of special schools. I do not intend to change that situation.