Written Answers. - Teaching Posts.

Bernard Allen


109 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will appoint a remedial teacher to Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, Cork, for a period of 12 months in view of the reasons submitted to his Department by the school. [15274/98]

Donal Carey


118 Mr. D. Carey asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has received an application for the appointment of a remedial teacher for Ballynacally, Lissycasey, Cahera and Pitfield national schools, County Clare; and, if so, if he will be making an appointment in the near future. [15312/98]

I propose to take Questions No. 109 and 118 together.

I am aware of the cases made by the schools in question for a remedial teacher service.

I am currently reviewing provision across the special needs area, including the remedial area, to ensure that all available resources are deployed as effectively as possible.

In the case of remedial teachers, I have already indicated my intention to ensure that a remedial resource is available to every primary school in the country within the next two years.

As a first step in this process, I intend to allocate additional remedial teacher posts to primary schools for the forthcoming school year. I expect to be in a position to make an announcement on the precise number of posts involved in the near future.

The needs of the schools to which the Deputies refer will be considered in the context of any additional remedial teacher allocations which are undertaken.