Wednesday, 25 February 2004

Ceisteanna (84)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

170 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science the action his Department can and does take when a school employs an untrained teacher in a situation in which a trained teacher is available for the post concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6188/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department's position is that, as far as possible, fully qualified teachers should be employed in primary schools. While there is a shortage of trained teachers and it is not always possible, as a result, to secure the services of a trained teacher, school authorities are expected to make reasonable efforts to ensure that any vacancy which may arise is filled by a fully qualified teacher.

If my Department becomes aware of a situation where an unqualified teacher is employed in preference to a fully qualified teacher, the matter will be taken up with the school authorities concerned.