Thursday, 18 April 2013

Questions (103)

Finian McGrath

Question:

103. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding special needs assitants in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Wicklow. [18202/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I wish to clarify that the staff referred to by the Deputy are not funded by my Department. I am aware that the Association in question is experiencing difficulties as my officials are in direct contact with the school under the Association's management and with the Health Service Executive.

I wish to clarify that the level of teaching and Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support allocated to the school for the 2012/13 school year remains in place. My Department continues to support the school through the ongoing provision of funding for the principal, teaching and special needs assistant staff in the school as well as the normal supplementary funding provided to such schools. The school has assured my officials that the posts in the school which are funded by my Department remain unaffected by the Association's recent difficulties.