Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

50 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the proposed new independent appeals procedure for the allocation of secondary teachers; if the new procedure is operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21746/02]

In accordance with the recommendations of the Expert Group on Teacher Allocations, an independent appeals forum is being established to consider appeals by second level school management authorities for additional teaching resources where particular problems arise for schools in meeting essential curricular commitments within their normal staffing provision. The new appeals body will consider appeals with effect from the 2003-04 staffing allocations. The details of criteria and procedures governing appeals are currently being finalised in my Department.