Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (329, 330, 331)

Michael Ring

Question:

436 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if there is any age barrier to qualification for home tuition. [1348/04]

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Michael Ring

Question:

437 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will arrange a reassessment of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo for home tuition purposes. [1349/04]

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Michael Ring

Question:

540 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo with special needs can receive financial assistance towards the cost of their special needs teaching at home; the reason they were refused this help; if they qualify for assistance from his Department in this regard. [2080/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 436, 437 and 540 together.

The home tuition scheme is intended to provide compensatory instruction for pupils of school-going age with a medical ailment that is likely to cause major disruption to their attendance at school on a continuing basis. The young adults referred to by the Deputy are over 18 years of age and do not fall within the remit of the home tuition scheme. I understand that the persons in question are currently accessing adult services in their local area.