Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Brian Hayes

Ceist:

533 Mr. B. Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will respond to correspondence (details supplied) in respect of providing assistance to a person so that she can sit her leaving certificate examination in June 2002; the response to date to this request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27902/01]

My Department operates a scheme of reasonable accommodations for candidates with special needs at the certificate examinations. Applications for reasonable accommodations are submitted by the authorities of the school which the candidate is attending. My Department has been in contact with the authorities of the school concerned, which have indicated that an application for reasonable accommodations on behalf of the person concerned will be submitted shortly. My Department will be happy to process this application and respond to the school at the completion of the process.