Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (231, 232, 233)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

231. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 20 September, the number of the 27 schools listed that are in band rating 2.1 and are not included in the five year plan and have rented portacabins that have sites that have been assessed by his Department as being ready to build on; the names and roll numbers of these schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12884/13]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

232. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 20 September 2012, the number of the 27 listed schools that are in band rating 2.1 and are not included in the five year plan and have rented portacabins that have more then 50% of the pupils being taught in portacabins; the names and roll numbers of these schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12885/13]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

233. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 40 of 20 September 2012, the number of the 27 listed schools that are in band rating 2.1 and are not included in the five year plan and have rented portacabins that have learning support and resource teachers working in rooms that are not considered adequate in size for such work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12886/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 231 to 233, inclusive, together.

I wish to advise the Deputy that a site assessment if required would only take place at the point when a building project is being approved.

In respect of rented portacabins that have more then 50% of the pupils being taught in portacabins, my Department does not have the specific information sought by the Deputy relating to the deployment of teachers in classrooms by schools.

In relation to schools that have rented portacabins that have learning support and resource teachers working in rooms that are not considered adequate in size for such work, when schools apply for temporary accommodation it is a matter for each school to apply for the appropriate level of accommodation. As standard, the Department approves a 16m2 room for each full-time equivalent learning support and resource post in respect of both permanent and temporary accommodation.