Written Answers. - Career Guidance Provisions.

John Ellis


135 Mr. Ellis asked the Minister for Education which schools do not have permanent career guidance teachers; and the efforts, if any, she is making to have career guidance provided in these schools. [8550/96]

Details of the number of second level schools which do not have permanent guidance counsellors are not readily available in my Department. It is a matter in the first instance for the authorities of individual schools to decide whether to appoint a guidance counsellor in a permanent capacity within the approved teacher allocation or to provide for guidance through temporary appointment or part-time hours.

Up to 1995, all second level schools with enrolments of 500 or more pupils qualified for the allocation of an ex-quota post in respect of guidance while schools in the 350-499 enrolment category qualified for the allocation of 0.5 of a post. This provision is continuing.

I approved the allocation of an additional 100 posts to schools in the free education scheme on an ex-quota basis in respect of guidance for the current school year. In addition, revised arrangements were introduced to determine the allocation to individual schools. Schools with enrolments of 1,000 or more pupils now qualify for a second post while schools in the 800-999 enrolment category qualify for an additional 0.5 of a post. Schools in the 250-349 enrolment range qualify for 0.5 of a post while schools with enrolments below 250 qualify for an allocation of between 0.4 and 0.1 of a post depending on the enrolment in the individual school.