Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (292)

John O'Mahony

Question:

292. Deputy John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason his Department will not consider an appeal by a person applying for Irish National Teachers Organisation primary school panel rights; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30639/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers to other schools that have vacancies. The redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers is key to the Department's ability to manage within its payroll budget and ceiling on teacher numbers. Thereafter, schools are required under the panel arrangements to fill permanent vacancies from supplementary panels comprised of eligible fixed-term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers. The application process for the supplementary panels was introduced for the 2012/13 school year. The arrangements for panel access for fixed term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers for the 2013/14 school year are set out in Department Circular 0038/2012 which was published on 9 November 2012 on the Department website. The period for submitting applications was between 9 November 2012 and 14 December 2012. The individual referred to by the Deputy submitted an application after the closing date. The circular made clear that late applications would not be considered. The Department has received a number of applications after the closing date which will not be processed.