Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (196)

Fergus O'Dowd


196. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address concerns in relation to a registration issue (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44203/19]

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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.

It is a function of the Council under the Teaching Council Acts (s7(2)) to act as the competent authority for the recognition of qualifications obtained by a person who has applied under this Act for registration as a teacher. 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.

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.

The person referred to by the Deputy should continue to liaise directly with the Teaching Council and follow their guidance regarding curricular subject requirements for registration.