Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (224)

Jonathan O'Brien


224. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the terms of reference the taskforce designated to look at the issue of the closure of private English language schools has been given; the membership of this taskforce; and the date on which it will deliver a report to him. [24342/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Task Force is charged with assessing the scale of the issue and, in particular the number of genuine students who have not yet been accommodated. It will also determine what capacity is available in the sector to make accommodation for students and will oversee a system that seeks to make such accommodation.

Jointly chaired by officials from the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Justice and Equality, membership also includes stakeholders such as Marketing English in Ireland, the Irish Council for International Students, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, Quality and Qualifications Ireland and the Higher Education Colleges Association. It is anticipated that the Task Force will report to Minister Fitzgerald and I in the coming weeks.