Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (332)

Michael Ring

Question:

438 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason that his Department is refusing to accept the registration of a pupil (details supplied) in County Mayo who is being privately tutored in view of the fact that she will be doing her leaving certificate in 2005 and the knock-on effect of this refusal resulting in the Department of Social and Family Affairs refusing to pay child benefit for this student. [1350/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

Registration of candidates for the leaving certificate in 2005 will take place early in the 2004-05 school year. Applications from external candidates are accepted as a normal part of this process, and it is suggested that contact should be made with the State Examinations Commission for this purpose in early September 2004.

My Department has been in touch with the Department of Social and Family Affairs and I understand that that Department will be in contact very shortly with the family concerned regarding payment of child benefit.