Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (246)

John Brassil


246. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of national schools implementing the Gaeltacht education policy, Polasaí Thumoideachas, that are in danger of losing a teacher in the coming academic year 2019-2020; the number in the Gaeltacht areas of County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27484/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

105 primary schools are currently participating in the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme to strengthen the provision of Irish-medium education in these schools. 14 of the primary schools are located in Co Kerry Gaeltacht areas and while one of these schools was due to lose a classroom teacher for the 2019/20 school year due to falling enrolments, the school have successfully appealed this loss and have been approved to retain the teacher on a provisional basis, pending confirmation of enrolments in September.

Schools participating in the Scheme are allocated additional Irish-language support hours relative to pupil enrolment.