Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (201)

James Breen

Ceist:

326 Mr. J. Breen asked the Minister for Education and Science if, in the reorganisation that is currently taking place in education, a guarantee will be given that there will be no cutbacks in the area of special needs and resources teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2923/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department is currently reviewing existing arrangements for the allocation of special educational supports to primary schools. In that context, my officials have initiated discussions on the matter with representative interests. At this stage, it would be premature to anticipate the outcome. I can confirm, however that the basic purpose of that review is to ensure that each school has the level of resources required to cater for its pupils with special educational needs.