Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Questions (204)

John Dennehy

Question:

329 Mr. Dennehy asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on reports that the State Examinations Commission is finding difficulty in recruiting sufficient teachers to conduct the oral examinations within the specified period; if he will give consideration to bringing forward measures to make participation in the scheme more attractive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2926/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

On foot of a Government decision, I formally established the State Examinations Commission on 6 March 2003. The commission now has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. The commission has taken additional measures to address the shortfall in examiners and I have been assured that, based on past experience, the number of applications now on hand will allow for the conduct of the oral examinations as originally planned.