Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (175)

Brian O'Shea

Question:

277 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of psychologists that will be required by the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, to cover all the first level and second level schools in County Waterford; the number of psychologists currently employed in County Waterford by the NEPS; when the remaining posts in County Waterford will be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25631/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Science)

The National Educational Psychological Service development plan for the south eastern region estimates that five educational psychologists will be needed in order to provide a service to all primary and post-primary schools in County Waterford. At present, three NEPS psychologists are assigned to the county. Government policy on public service numbers and budgetary provisions in 2005 and subsequent years will determine the rate of further recruitment of psychologists to NEPS and when the target staffing level for County Waterford area will be attained.