Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (176)

Paul Connaughton

Ceist:

251 Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Education and Science if a learning support teacher will be provided to Craughwell national school, County Galway, in view of the urgent need for such a teacher; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3686/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

The school referred to by the Deputy has the services of a full-time shared learning support teacher.

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.