Written Answers. - School Staffing.

John Bruton

Question:

923 Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will appoint an ex-quota remedial teacher to St. Oliver's post primary school, Oldcastle, County Meath in view of the fact that for the second year in a row it has been found that a significant number of new pupils urgently require remedial help if they are to benefit in any way from second level education; and if he will deal with this situation immediately. [1249/99]

Emmet Stagg

Question:

959 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will accede to the request from the Salesian College, Celbridge, County Kildare, for a full-time permanent remedial teacher; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1479/99]

Emmet Stagg

Question:

960 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide a home and school liaison official for Salesian College, Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1480/99]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 923, 959 and 960 together.

The recent budget announcement of my colleague the Minister for Finance included a major new funding initiative for the education sector. As a core element of this, a total of 225 new second level teachers will be appointed this year. These new teachers will enable a move towards the provision of an automatic remedial resource in all schools and home-school-community liaison in all disadvantaged schools. The authorities of second level schools will shortly be notified of the approved teacher allocations, including the allocation for remedial and, where appropriate, home-school-community liaison, for the 1999-2000 school year.