Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (280)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

280. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of junior certificate and leaving certificate pupils who applied during each of the past seven years for a reader, a waiver from the assessment of spelling, grammar and punctuation in the language subjects, use of a tape recorder or word processor, a scribe, reasonable accommodation on the grounds of visual impairment, reasonable accommodation on the grounds of hearing difficulties, reasonable accommodation on the grounds of physical disability, a helper for practical subjects, an exemption from the practical test in home economics, or an exemption from the project in home economics; the number of these applications that were granted during each of these years; the number of negative decisions that were appealed during each of these years; and the number of negative decisions that were successful on appeal. [23012/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations.

The State Examinations Commission operates a scheme of Reasonable Accommodations in the Certificate examinations. Applications for such accommodations are submitted by schools on behalf of their students. Full details of the scheme are available for downloading from their website: www.examinations.ie/candidates/reasonableaccommodations.

In view of this I have forwarded the Deputy's query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply.