Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (390, 391)

Michael Ring

Question:

531 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be paid moneys outstanding for hours worked over a number of years. [25328/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The criteria for appointment to special needs resource teaching posts in the post-primary sector were reviewed and agreed in July of this year in discussions involving my Department and teacher unions. This agreement provides that with effect from 1 September 2003 persons who are qualified post-primary teachers and who do not hold a specialist postgraduate qualification in the area of special needs may be appointed to special needs teaching posts. Details of this agreement were circulated by my Department to school authorities in circular letter PPT 06/04. In accordance with the terms of this agreement, the salary of the person in question was reviewed and adjusted with effect from 1 September 2003.

Michael Ring

Question:

532 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress that has been made on the back payment for supervision work carried out between September 2001 and March 2003 for part-time and substitute teachers. [25329/04]

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All payments for supervision and substitution for the school years 2001-02 and 2002-03 have been finalised on the basis of school returns. Each year, schools are given an allocation of hours for substitution and supervision based on the number of wholetime equivalent teachers in the school. Teachers paid through the Department's payroll who opted to perform substitution and supervision under the terms of the scheme were paid each year. If teachers do not take up the total hours allocated for supervision and substitution, a grant for the balance of hours is issued to the managerial authority of the school. The board of management may offer the balance of hours available to substitute and-or part-time staff and pay them out of this grant.

The grants for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years have been paid to schools. All funds for the supervision and substitution scheme for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 school years have been fully allocated.