Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (394)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

394. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter in relation to the qualifications of a German citizen (details supplied) to teach at a primary school here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13847/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I understand that the Deputy is referring specifically to the Department’s minimum requirements in Irish, English and Mathematics for entry into primary Initial Teacher Education. Having relatively high minimum entry requirements in core subject areas of Irish, English and Mathematics is one of the key policy levers that help ensure quality teaching and learning in primary schools.

In recognition of the fact that there may be applicants who do not meet some or all of these minimum entry requirements but want to enter into primary initial teacher education, whether from Ireland or abroad, there are a number of alternative qualifications that can take the place of the relevant Leaving Certificate grade. There is also a process in place to assess whether a given qualification is suitable to meet the entry requirements.

I am aware of the case to which the Deputy refers and have asked officials from my Department to provide the additional detail requested as a matter of priority.