Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

180 Ms Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the serious concerns in a number of schools in relation to the operation of the appeals board in respect of appeals on applications for extra teachers; if he intends to review the operation of the appeals board; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19381/03]

I am satisfied the new appeals process established last year is working satisfactorily. Under primary circular 19/02 – appeals board for mainstream staffing in primary schools – there is provision for the appeals board to make recommendations from time to time in relation to the appeals criteria.