Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Questions (80)

John McGuinness


166 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will examine again the number of pupils who attend and who will attend the Johnswell NS, Kilkenny to determine if a teacher can be retained; and if a decision will be expedited. [6184/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The staffing of a primary school for a school year is determined by reference to the enrolment of the school on 30 September of the previous school year. The staffing schedule governing the appointment and retention of mainstream class teachers is finalised for a particular year following discussions between officials from my Department and the education partners. The staffing schedule for the current school year issued to the boards of management of all primary schools in February 2003 and is also available on my Department's website.

The mainstream staffing of Johnswell NS for the current school year is a principal and two class teachers, based on an enrolment of 54 pupils on 30 September 2002. It is hoped that the staffing schedule for the 2004/05 school year will be finalised and the necessary circular issued to the relevant school authorities shortly.