Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (372, 373, 374)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

372. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction that undertook the SCG during the last academic year. [32120/13]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

373. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction who passed the SCG during the last academic year. [32121/13]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

374. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary teachers who trained in another jurisdiction who have opted for an adaptation period under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC. [32122/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 372 to 374, inclusive, together.

I understand the question to relate to the Irish language requirement and the adaptation period allowed to teachers who were trained in another jurisdiction under the terms of Directive 2005/36/EC Some general statistics on the matter have been provided to me by the statutory regulator for the teaching profession, the Teaching Council, as follows. 657 primary teachers are currently registered with the condition of completing the Irish Language Requirement. 178 teachers have opted to address the shortfall via an adaptation period (OCG).430 teachers have opted for the aptitude test (SCG). Some 49 teachers with the registration condition have not indicated the option/route/method that they are taking in addressing the shortfall of the Irish Language Requirement. In the 2012/13 academic year 176 candidates sat the SCG (An Scrúdú le hAghaidh Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge) and 124 (70%) passed the examination. 67 candidates undertook the OCG (Measúnú ar Mhúineadh na Gaeilge) and 39 (58%) passed. Final pass rates will not be known until repeat examination results are available.