Written Answers. - Schools Recognition.

Willie Penrose

Question:

151 Mr. Penrose asked the Minister for Education and Science if the necessary finance will be provided to ensure that a residential school (details supplied) is provided with the necessary finance to ensure that it continues to provide the necessary education component thereat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19318/03]

A meeting was held recently with representatives of Ballytobin and Camphill to discuss the recognition process for schools. The representatives were advised that recognition as a mainstream school could not be granted as the requirements for curriculum provision and patronage were not being met. In view of the particular emphasis of the school, the representatives acknowledge that it might be more appropriate to apply for recognition as a special school and have indicated that they may consider submitting a proposal in this regard to the special education section of my Department. No such proposal has been received to date.