Thursday, 26 September 2019

Questions (92)

Michael Healy-Rae


92. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a teaching number will be expedited for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39181/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 the Teaching Council is the body with statutory authority and responsibility for the registration of teachers in this State.

Under section 30 of the Teaching Council Acts, a teacher in a recognised school is required to be registered with the Teaching Council in order to be paid from Oireachtas-voted funds.

Where a registered teacher is not available SI 32/2014 enables a school managerial authority to employ a person who is not registered as a teacher for up to five consecutive days.

Teachers whose applications meet all the necessary requirements are registered by the Teaching Council under Section 31 of the Teaching Council Act and the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2016.

The Teaching Council advise that for teachers who qualified within Ireland, the registration process may take up to 6-8 weeks from receipt of complete application and depending on the time of year (taking into account peak summer processing periods). If all the requirements are met, including fit and proper person requirements, including garda vetting and overseas police clearances, the registration process may be completed in less than the 6-8 week timeframe outlined. Full information on the application process and timeframes involved is available on the Teaching Council website.

The person referred to by the Deputy should continue to liaise with the Teaching Council regarding their application for registration as a teacher.