Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (193)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

318 Mr. Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will appoint an inspector with responsibility for schools in Athy, County Kildare, and its hinterland. [2914/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

Members of the inspectorate may be required to report to the Minister on matters related to schools or centres of education in any part of the State, either at the request of the Minister or at the initiative of the chief inspector. For administrative convenience, the Inspectorate is deployed regionally and each primary school is assigned to an inspector. When a vacancy occurs in the inspectorate, the schools concerned are normally temporarily assigned to another inspector until the vacancy is filled.

Primary schools in Athy, County Kildare, and neighbouring regions are assigned to a divisional inspector. A number of vacancies in the post-primary inspectorate resulted from transfer of a number of post-primary inspectors to the State Examination Commission. Interviews have been held for replacement of these inspectors and appointments will be made shortly. In the meantime, if an issue arises in a second level school in the Athy area that requires the attention of an inspector, the chief inspector will assign the matter to a member of the inspectorate.