Tuesday, 10 February 2004

Ceisteanna (184)

Seán Crowe

Ceist:

260 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Science if his Department will consider meeting the funding needs of a school (details supplied) to ensure that the school will remain open in view of the fact that the trustees of the school have been forced to close theschool within three years due to lack of funds. [3740/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department has been advised of the proposed closure on a phased basis of the school to which the Deputy refers. The Deputy will appreciate that a secondary school is a privately owned and managed institution and a decision to close such a school is a matter for the trustees.

My main role in a school closure is to ensure that the best interests of the pupils are looked after in the period up to the closure and that there will be sufficient pupils places in existing schools in the general area for pupils who would have normally enrolled in the closing school. This process will involve consultation with all affected parties.