Written Answers. - National Schools.

397.

asked the Minister for Education the current number of pupils at St. Laurence's National School, Kilmacud, County Dublin; the current pupil-teacher ratio for the school; the number of teachers employed; and if any response has been given to the parents' association concerning the possible loss of a teacher in the future.

The number of pupils enrolled at St. Laurence's national school, Kilmacud, on 30th September, 1977, was 602. This gives the school, which has a staff of 18 teachers, an overall pupil-teacher ratio of 33.5: 1. I am not aware of any impending vacancies on the staff of the school. I have a request from the Parents' Association to receive a deputation, "to discuss matters relating to primary school education". Such a deputation will be received at official level as soon as possible.

398.

asked the Minister for Education if he will indicate, in relation to the schools enumerated in his reply to Question No. 24 of 16th November, 1977, the interests represented in the management of each school; the number of persons representing each such interest on the management structure of each school; and, in respect of each of the first 14 schools on the list, the amount spent on heating, cleaning and maintenance.

Following is the information required.

Name of School

Interests Represented

Number of Persons representing interests.

Bailieborough Model School

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Monaghan Model School

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Galway Model School

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Limerick Model School, Boys.

Patron (Minister for Education)

6

Parents

2

Teachers

2

Limerick Model School, Girls

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Athy Model

Patron (Minister for Education)

5

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Cork Model School

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Dunmanway

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Scoil Mhuire, Marlboro' St., Dublin

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Scoil Cholmcille, Marlboro' St., Dublin

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Scoil Ghaelach Ullmhúcháin, Marlboro' St., Dublin.

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Central Model Boys, Girls, Infants, Marlboro' St., Dublin.

Patron (Minister for Education)

4

for each school

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Phoenix Park School, Dublin St. Loman's Hospital Ballyowen, Palmerstown, County Dublin.

Eastern Health Board

1

Eastern Health Board

1

Ballyowen Meadows, Clondalkin, County Dublin.

Eastern Health Board

1

St. Oliver Plunkett School, Monkstown, County Dublin (Experimental School).

Patron (Archbishop of Dublin)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

St. Joseph's, Labré Park, Kylemore Road, Dublin 10.

Patron (Archbishop of Dublin)

4

Parents

2

Teachers

1

Scoil Ard-Mhuire, Lusk

Department of Education

2

Department of Justice

1

Department of Health

1

Oblate Order

3

Archbishop of Dublin

1

Lay representatives

2

St. Laurence School, Finglas

Department of Education

2

Department of Justice

1

Department of Health

1

De La Salle Order

3

Archbishop of Dublin

1

Lay representatives

2

Expenditure on Model Schools in 1976

Name of School

Heating

Cleaning

Maintenance

Grand Total

£

£

£

£

Bailieborough Model School

169.39

1,819.05

Nil

1,988.44

Monaghan Model School

271.38

192.92

3,412.73

3,877.03

Galway Model School

Not available

1,284.40

4,658.66

5,943.06

Limerick Model School B

331.48

1,036.88

6,307.14

7,675.50

Limerick Model School G

Athy Model School

Not available

629.64

236.36

866.00

Cork Model School

737.45

1,404.00

7,778.04

9,919.49

Dunmanway Model School

147.55

992.16

533.15

1,672.86

Scoil Mhuire, Marlborough Street

Scoil Cholmcille, Marlborough Street

Scoil Gaelach, Ullmhúcháin

861.44

17,916.46

6,500.00

25,227.90

Central Model School B

Central Model School G

Central Model School Infants

399.

asked the Minister for Education if, in relation to Kilbrittain national school, County Cork, he is aware that (a) there is a teacher with remedial qualifications on the staff, (b) no remedial tuition is being given, (c) the board of management is anxious to have remedial tuition carried on in the school where there is a number of pupils requiring this and (d) if he will take steps to ensure that the wishes of the board of management are observed.

Remedial education is primarily a matter for the child's class teacher and all national teachers are trained to deal with this aspect of their work.

All the staff in Kilbrittain national school are fully trained and, with an average class size of 28, any remedial education necessary should be well within their capability. The deployment of this staff is a matter for the board of management itself, but my Department's inspector will be available to furnish any advice or assistance the board may require.