Written Answers. - Teaching Posts.

Tony Gregory


113 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will review the decision of his Department to refuse to renew the eligible part-time contract of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3 to enable her to continue to teach in Marino VEC, Dublin 3, in the 1998-9 school year. [15293/98]

My Department has approved the appointment of the person in question as a fully qualified eligible part-time teacher for the current school year.

The question of her reappointment for the 1998-99 school year is a matter in the first instance for the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee.

Brian O'Shea


114 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will allow a school (details supplied) in Dublin 7 to retain its fifth assistant teacher; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15294/98]

The fifth teaching post at the school to which the Deputy refers will be lost at the end of the current school year because the enrolment at the school declined from 157 pupils in September 1996 to 143 pupils in September 1997. The retention figure for the fifth teaching post is 155.

The authorised staffing at the school for the 1998-99 school year is a principal and four teaching posts, one disadvantaged concessionary teacher, two remedial teachers, one home school liaison teacher, one counsellor and one Breaking the Cycle teacher.
In light of the decline in enrolment and the school's overall staffing levels, unfortunately I cannot authorise the retention of the fifth teaching post at the school.