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Special Educational Needs.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 9 December 2004

Thursday, 9 December 2004

Ceisteanna (219, 220)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

216 Mr. Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason the SNA hours for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo are being reduced; if help will be restored again as the family say that they need this. [32889/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

It has been my intention for some time to carry out a general review of SNA support levels and deployment in mainstream national schools. Bearing in mind the view expressed by schools that any such review should have regard to the actual circumstances on the ground, I have decided the process should involve a visit to each school with SNA support. The review has commenced and will involve approximately 2,000 primary schools with existing SNA supports.

Decisions regarding the appropriate level of SNA support in the school concerned will be based on the outcome of this review. Arrangements for the commencement of this review are being made and my officials will contact the school to clarify its allocation of SNA support pending the outcome.

Liam Aylward

Ceist:

217 Mr. Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Science, further to Question No. 543 of 19 October 2004, if her attention has been drawn to the length of time this application for a review is with her Department; and if so, the length of time in which a decision can be expected. [32904/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

A decision on the application in question will be conveyed to the school authorities in the coming days.

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