Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (267)

Seán Crowe

Question:

380 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will establish a forum on teacher supply, as promised by the previous Minister for Education and Science; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1078/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I have no proposals to establish a forum on teacher supply. The suggestion for such a forum was made by my predecessor in the context of issues which arose in relation to the supply of suitably qualified teachers in certain sectors of the second level system. A detailed study of supply and demand issues in the second level sector, which has been carried out by the Higher Education Authority in conjunction with my Department, has identified a range of subject areas where supply and demand issues arise. The outcome of this study is currently being considered by my Department with a view to determining the measures which need to be put in place to address these issues.