Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (522)

Bríd Smith

Question:

522. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Education the total number of days lost by secondary and primary school teachers due to illness since schools reopened in September 2020, by week; and the comparative figures for September, October and November 2019. [38787/20]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The terms and conditions of the Sick Leave Scheme for teachers is contained in my Department’s Circular Letter 0054/2019. In line with the Sick Leave Scheme, absences are recorded by the individual employer on my Department’s On Line Claims System (OLCS) which is part of the payroll system.

The attached table details the total number of Sick Leave days currently recorded on the OLCS for primary and post teachers for the period September to November 2019 and for the period September to 23 November, 2020. These figures exclude ETB teachers as they are not paid on my Department’s payroll system.

It is not possible to provide a weekly breakdown of the Sick Leave figures, as requested by the Deputy.

Sick Leave Record for Primary and Post Primary Teachers (excluding ETBs)

Sick Leave Days

Sick Leave Days

Employee Type

01/09-30/11/19

01/09-23/11/20

Primary Teachers

74,822

76,106

Post Primary Teachers

42,694

39,860

Total

117,516

115,966