Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (140, 148)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

140. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Education her plans to introduce a permanent voluntary redeployment scheme for post-primary teachers to allow for an option for relocation similar to that which is in place for many other public sector workers; if such proposals will be examined; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26075/20]

View answer

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Question:

148. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Education her views on the situation of a teacher (details supplied); and her further views on the lack of panels for secondary school students which makes it is more difficult to transfer to a more local school; and her plans to make changes to the system. [26163/20]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 148 together.

At second-level, a voluntary redeployment scheme has operated on a pilot basis in specific regions for a number of years as part of the redeployment process of surplus teachers. Permanent teachers employed in these regions were given an opportunity to volunteer for a transfer to other areas if such a transfer would free up a vacancy that would facilitate the redeployment of a surplus permanent teacher in the region. The regions involved are reviewed annually and agreed with Education Partners. The criteria used for the allocation of teachers to primary and post-primary schools, including redeployment arrangements, are published annually.

Further employment opportunities have been provided in individual schools by the provision of additional 1000 post primary teaching posts to post primary schools to assist with the implementation of important public health measures for the safe and sustainable reopening of schools.