Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (174)

Sean Fleming

Question:

276 Mr. Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Science when a special needs assistant will be appointed for a person (details supplied) in County Laois; when the review in relation to a special needs assistant and overall special education will be completed; and when her Department will be in a position to sanction this and other appointments. [25630/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

I can confirm that my Department has received an application for a special needs assistant, SNA, for the pupil in question. The Deputy may be aware that my Department has established a team to review SNA support in mainstream schools generally. The team commenced its task recently. The team is assessing the levels and deployment of such support to ensure that the needs of children are being met in the context of new applications for resources for the school. I am endeavouring to ensure that the review and the notification of schools regarding outstanding applications for SNA support are completed in the earliest possible timeframe.