Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (151)

Michael McCarthy

Question:

154 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a request (details supplied) regarding the school transport scheme in west Cork will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34771/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

Under the terms of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 4.8 km from and are attending their nearest education centre as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of my Department, determine eligibility by measuring the shortest traversable route from a child's home to the relevant education centre.

In general, existing eligible and catchment boundary children including those who are not attending their nearest post primary centre will retain their transport eligibility for the duration of their post primary education cycle provided there is no change to their current circumstances.

Siblings of these children and other children who are not attending their nearest school may apply for school transport on a concessionary basis only in accordance with the terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme.