Tuesday, 19 October 2004

Questions (401, 402)

Damien English

Question:

542 Mr. English asked the Minister for Education and Science if an additional ten hours with a special needs assistant will be allocated to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25382/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

My Department has approved 20 hours' special needs assistant support, SNA, and five hours per week resource teaching support for the pupil in question. The school submitted correspondence appealing the level of SNA support on 13 October 2004. This will be considered in the context of the supporting documentation submitted and the existing level of SNA support in the school. A decision will be conveyed to the school as soon as this process has been completed.

Liam Aylward

Question:

543 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason for the extraordinary long delay in making a decision on an appeal for special needs assistants for persons (details supplied) in County Kilkenny. [25383/04]

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I can confirm that my Department received an application for a review of the special needs assistant, SNA, support for the pupils in question. Arrangements are being made to have the matter expedited. The application will be considered in the context of the supporting documentation submitted and in the light of the existing level of SNA support available in the school.

A decision on the application will be conveyed to the school as soon as this process has been completed.