Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Enda Kenny

Question:

170 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Science the criteria and regulations governing the space per pupil in primary schools in respect of schools built both prior to 1965 and subsequent to 1965; if he has satisfied himself that these regulations are adhered to in all schools in respect of both categories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22231/98]

The recommended classroom size has changed over the years to reflect changing curricular demands and enrolment levels. A recommended classroom size of 600 square feet (or 15 square feet per pupil) was specified in "The Rules for National Schools" published in 1965. The recommended classroom size was increased in the late 1970s to 70 square metres to cater for changes in curriculum and enrolment patterns. The continued appropriateness of the 70 square metres classroom is currently under review by the education research centre.

My Department does not have details in respect of the size of individual classrooms in all national schools.