Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Cecilia Keaveney

Question:

97 Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Science the position in relation to an application for a classroom assistant for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17342/03]

The school in question furnished professional documentation in support of the application referred to by the Deputy recently. A decision on the application will be conveyed to the school authorities shortly.

Cecilia Keaveney

Question:

98 Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Education and Science the position in relation to an application for a full-time classroom assistant for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17343/03]

The child in question is currently in receipt of 15 hours per week special needs assistant support since November 2000. My Department received an application on behalf of the child for full-time special needs assistant support. This was considered by the national educational psychological service, which concluded that a full-time post was not warranted. This information was conveyed to the school authorities in April 2003.