Written Answers. - Home-School Liaison Scheme.


169 Mr. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science when a decision in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 6W for the allocation of teaching hours for the purpose of home-school liaison will be made; and if the school will obtain additional assistance from his Department. [10304/00]

Minister for Education and Science
(Dr. Woods): At present, of the total of 752 schools at second level, 211 schools have disadvantaged status and have been invited to participate in the home-school-community liaison scheme this year.
A study of educational disadvantage conducted by the Combat Poverty Agency and the Educational Research Centre in 1996 concluded that disadvantaged status should be confined to 16% of the school going population. The study noted that such status had already been granted to 17% of pupils. As an alternative to extending the disadvantaged areas scheme to additional schools, the study recommended that available resources be targeted on the most disadvantaged schools.
I can assure the Deputy that the position of this school will receive full consideration in the context of any future review of the disadvantaged and home-school-community liaison schemes.