Written Answers. - Institutes of Technology.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

644 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of students in each institute of technology in each of the past five years who were accepted on to national certificate courses on the basis of having five Ds on pass papers in the leaving certificate examination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7819/01]

Brian O'Shea

Question:

645 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of students who started on national certificate courses in each of the institutes of technology in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7820/01]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 644 and 645 together.

The specific information sought by the Deputy in relation to the number of students who started on national certificate courses is not available in my Department and would involve an inordinate amount of time to assemble. My Department does, however, have data on the number of first year students taking certificate or diploma courses in each of the institutes of technology. These statistics are detailed in the following table.

In relation to the number of students accepted on national certificate courses on the basis of having five Ds on pass papers this information is not available in my Department. Applications for places on national certificate courses are made through the central applications office – CAO. The CAO is an agent for and acts on behalf of the higher education institutions participating in the CAO system and data in relation to applicants are held by the CAO.

Table 1

Number of first year students in institutes of technology, Killybegs HTC and Tipperary Rural Business and Development Institute taking diploma-certificate courses.

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

Athlone

936

1,183

1,066

1,101

1,172

Blanchardstown

223

Carlow

1,607

1,304

1,195

1,038

1,009

Cork

1,441

1,544

1,521

1,665

1,790

Dundalk

1,044

1,107

1,115

1,204

1,065

Dún Laoghaire

193

163

205

228

354

Galway-Mayo

1,292

1,478

1,447

1,563

1,635

Letterkenny

638

717

829

882

810

Limerick

980

1,009

1,020

1,096

1,077

Sligo

917

1,045

973

992

1,117

Tallaght

758

742

736

845

993

Tralee

1,037

1,060

916

940

883

Waterford

1,138

1,397

1,258

1,210

1,381

1995-96

1996-97

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

DIT

3,200

3,056

2,416

2,330

2,133

Killybegs

199

192

236

212

200

TRBDI

162

Total

15,380

15,997

14,933

15,306

16,004