Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (245)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

245. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school secretaries paid through the ancillary grant; and the average wage of secretaries. [34697/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Boards of Management of schools are responsible for the employment of school secretaries and it is a matter for each school to determine the level of secretarial services required for the school.  Funding to cater for these services is made available from my Department through the Ancillary Services and Capitation Grants.

Within the grant programme, the level and extent of services provided is a matter for the school authorities who, through the discretion afforded by the scheme, apply their own arrangements for secretarial services as resources permit.  Given that employment of school secretaries is dealt with at local school level, my Department does not have a central record of the number of school secretaries whose salaries are funded by these grants or their average wage.