Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (161)

Michael Healy-Rae


164 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding school transport (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35173/12]

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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, determines 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.

The changes to the Post Primary School Transport Scheme will be applied equitably on a national basis.