Written Answers. - State Examinations.

Seán Haughey

Question:

232 Mr. Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Science if a 6th year student (details supplied) from Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Malahide Road, Dublin 3, who has been out of school for the past 15 weeks with tonsillitis, quinsy and various infections, can sit the leaving certificate in June 2003; if his Department or the school is obliged to provide such a student with extra tuition to enable this; the arrangements in place in cases like this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11063/03]

In the circumstances outlined by the Deputy my Department would be prepared to consider a funding allocation to facilitate the delivery of a home-based tuition service for the student in question. Arrangements are being made to forward the necessary application form for this service to the person in question.

On foot of a Government decision of 6 March 2003, the State Examinations Commission has been established with statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the national certificate examinations. Flexible arrangements may be made in the national examinations which enable a candidate, who is ill at the of the examinations, to sit the examination in another centre, another room, in hospital, or to leave the examination centre early under supervision, with re-admittance later, if she-he is feeling unwell.

These arrangements may be put in place through the school making contact with the State Examinations Commission, Cornamaddy, Athlone, County Westmeath.