Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Questions (131)

Finian McGrath


208 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding staffing arrangements in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [23720/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

When the moratorium on the filling of posts of responsibility was introduced the Government exempted Principal and Deputy Principal posts in all primary and post-primary schools and these posts continue to be replaced in the normal manner. The impact of the moratorium is therefore limited to Assistant Principal and Special Duties allowances payable to teachers on promotion. Vacancies at this level arise due to retirements in the specific grades and typically also from the knock on effect of filling Principal and Deputy Principal posts.

Some further limited alleviation was announced in August 2011 for schools that are acutely affected by the impact of the moratorium at Assistant Principal level. The alleviation arrangements are set out in the published Department Circular 53/2011. Applications for alleviation were received from 153 primary schools and the individual schools were notified directly of the outcome. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is currently conducting a review into allowances across the public sector. It is expected that this review will be finalised shortly.