Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (96)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

96. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether section 6.2(d) of the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 to 2019 is being misused to exclude non-probated teachers from application for substitution work (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52365/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The recruitment and appointment of teachers to fill teaching posts is a matter for the individual school authority, subject to procedures agreed under Section 24 of the Education Act 1998 (as amended by the Education (Amendment) Act 2012).

The procedures set out in 6.2 c) and 6.2 d) of Appendix D of the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015-2019 have been superseded by Circular 44/2019. These procedures were agreed in consultation with the relevant Education Partners in accordance with Section 7 of the Education Act 1998 (as amended by the Education (Amendment) Act 2012).

In accordance with Circular 44/2019 schools are required to employ appropriately qualified and registered teachers and ensure that unemployed teachers should be offered employment in preference to those who have retired. These measures were taken in an effort to increase employment opportunities for unemployed teachers.

Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 84.