Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (408, 409)

John McGuinness

Question:

520 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will expedite a decision in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny whose parents have appealed to the Department for extra hours of home tuition; if the Department will issue a comprehensive response to these submissions. [1956/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My officials issued a reply to the mother of the child referred to by the Deputy on 23 January 2004. The response referred to a number of issues surrounding the special educational needs of the child.

My Department's inspectorate has been requested to examine the matter of appropriate long-term educational provision for the child. This process will be carried out in consultation with the family and other relevant professionals.

Pat Carey

Question:

521 Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if the application in respect of a student (details supplied) for the provision of a special needs assistant and resource teacher will be considered as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1957/04]

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My Department allocates resource teacher and special needs assistant support to second level schools to cater for pupils with special eduational needs. Applications for such support are made by the relevant school authorities. Each application is considered on the basis of the assessed needs of the pupil/s concerned and responses are determined on the advice of the National Educational Psychological Service.

An application for support in respect of the student in question has been forwarded to the National Educational Psychological Service for its recommendation as to the nature and level of support required. As soon as the report of the psychological service has been received and considered, my Department will notify the school authorities of the outcome of its application.