Scéim Ath-Imlonnaithe do Mhúinteoirí

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<div class="content"><h4 class="from">Éamon Ó Cuív</h4><span class="question-start">Ceist:</span>
<p id="para_2106" class="">98. D'fhiafraigh <strong>Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív</strong> den <strong>Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna</strong> cén fáth nach gcuirtear ceist ar iarrthóirí ath-imlonnaithe maidir lena gcumas agus lena dtoilteanas múineadh i scoil lánGhaeilge; cén soláthar atá déanta ag an Roinn chun a chinntiú nach mbeidh scoileanna lánGhaeilge faoi mhíbhuntáiste maidir le feidhmiú Chiorclán 0013/2013 agus iad ag iarraidh múinteoirí cuí le hinniúlacht sa Ghaeilge a aimsiú a bheadh toilteanach múineadh i scoil lánGhaeilge; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [29862/13]</p>
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<p id="para_2107" class="">Tá na socruithe maidir le foirniú agus ath-imlonnú i gcomhair na mbunscoileanna go léir leagtha amach i gciorclán foirnithe mo Roinne 0013/2013 atá le fáil ar an suíomh gréasáin. Is é bunfheidhm na socruithe ath-imlonnaithe ná éascú le hath-imlonnú na múinteoirí buana barrachais, agus na múinteoirí barrachais atá i seilbh conarthaí ar feadh tréimhse éiginnte, i scoileanna eile a bhfuil folúntais iontu. Tá ath-imlonnú na múinteoirí buana barrachais go léir mar ghné bhunúsach de chumas na Roinne chun fónamh laistigh dá buiséad párolla agus den tsíleáil ar líon na múinteoirí. Tá cáilíochtaí múinteoirí, cáilíochtaí a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge san áireamh, ceaptha chun cur ar chumas múinteoirí múineadh i bpost ar bith a mhaoinítear go poiblí, agus is den tábhacht é nach gcuirfimis bacainní roimh ath-imlonnú. Tá gá le deiseanna solúbtha ath-imlonnaithe chun a chinntiú go n-ath-imlonnaítear na múinteoirí buana barrachais go léir i bhfolúntais.</p>
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School Textbooks

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<p id="para_2108" class="">99. <strong>Deputy Tom Fleming</strong> asked the <strong>Minister for Education and Skills</strong> if he will examine the advantages of keenly priced books by a company (details supplied) in comparison to those of traditional school book publishers and taking into consideration the excellent quality and the fact that they are meeting the required standards set out by his Department; if he will take into consideration the current situation being faced by parents all over the country with rising costs and increased overheads and the difference that can be made to students and parents during their school life time with the savings that can be easily achieved; if he will consider the resulting economic gain and the valuable new jobs that can be realised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29881/13]</p>
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<p id="para_2109" class="">I am conscious that the cost of textbooks is a considerable burden on families. Since I became Minister for Education and Skills, I have attempted to take steps to reduce the burden on families. Shortly after coming into office, I met members of the Irish Educational Publishers Association and impressed on them the need to limit the cost of textbooks. I also stressed to them the real need to avoid placing schools and families in a position where textbooks are altered unnecessarily. The association responded positively to my approaches and agreed a voluntary code of practice among its members. The code commits the publishers to limit the publication of new editions and to maintaining editions of books in print unchanged for at least six years. The publishers have also given me assurances that they will sell textbooks to schools at discounts so that schools can purchase textbooks in bulk to stock textbook rental schemes. All these developments are welcome. I look forward to seeing the members of the Association implement these commitments. The Department provided approximately €15 million to first and second level schools by way of book grants in 2012. The same level of funding will be provided in 2013.</p>
<p id="para_2110" class=""> As the Deputy may be aware I launched new Guidelines for Developing Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools on 28 January last. These guidelines provide practical advice to primary and post-primary schools on how rental schemes can be established and operated. The aim of the guidelines is to help as many schools as possible to start such book rental programmes. The publication of these guidelines followed a survey of schools by the Department, which I published in May 2012. T his had a 99% response rate at primary level, and showed that 76% of primary schools operate a book rental scheme. At second level, the response rate was lower, at 44%. Of those which did respond, 88% of those in the VEC sector and 73% of those in the Community and Comprehensive sector operated a book rental scheme. I believe these results show we have a good foundation to build on across the country. I hope that schools that are not yet operating book rental schemes will be encouraged to use the guidelines to introduce them. If they do, it will result in substantial savings for parents. Schools which already have rental schemes can save parents up to 80% of the cost of buying new books. A special Guide for Parents was also published to inform them of how the schemes operate and how parents can help schools to establish and run them.</p>
<p id="para_2111" class=""> I have been very clear in my support for book rental schemes. All of us who are parents know how expensive textbooks can be and what a burden they place on already hard-pressed families at the start of every school year. I am pleased to see the high level of book rental schemes in operation at primary level. I believe these guidelines will encourage this practice across all schools in our education landscape. I published a report on Textbook Rental Schemes in Schools and the Allocation of Textbook Grants by the Department of Education and Skills in May 2012. This report presented four policy options to encourage schools to establish textbook rental schemes. None of the options is ideal, as each involves a trade-off of advantages and disadvantages. I will continue to monitor the number of schools operating book rental schemes and, if necessary, consider further steps to encourage schools to do so. Educational book publishers are independent private companies and are not under the direct control of my Department. Apart from a small number of prescribed texts at second level, mainly in the case of language subjects, decisions on textbooks are taken at school level. Individual schools need to adopt a more cost-conscious approach to the selection of books in their classes.</p>
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State Examinations Issues

Question No. 101 withdrawn.

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<p id="para_2112" class="">100. <strong>Deputy Michael Healy-Rae</strong> asked the <strong>Minister for Education and Skills</strong> the way one of the State's exam chiefs sat and completed the leaving certificate higher level maths, paper two, but failed to spot the mistake in the paper; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29903/13]</p>
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<p id="para_2113" class="">The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. In view of this, I have forwarded the Deputy's query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to him.</p>
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<em>Question No. 101 withdrawn.</em>
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Special Educational Needs Staffing

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<p id="para_2114" class="">102. <strong>Deputy Charlie McConalogue</strong> asked the <strong>Minister for Education and Skills</strong> when schools will be informed of student allocations of resource hours and special needs assistants allocations for the academic year beginning September 2013; the reason schools have not been informed already in view of the fact applications closed on 15 March; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29992/13]</p>
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<p id="para_2115" class="">I wish to advise the Deputy that the NCSE, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from schools for special educational needs supports, including the allocation of resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants to schools. The NCSE operates within my Department's established criteria for the allocation of Special Education supports and the staffing resources available to my Department. All schools were advised to apply to the NCSE for resource teaching and SNA support for the 2013-14 school year by 15 March 2013. The NCSE has been processing these applications and schools will be notified by SENOs of their resource teaching and SNA allocation for 2013-14 in advance of the coming school year, based on the number of valid applications received. I assure the Deputies that this process has been done as expeditiously as possible by the NCSE to allow schools and principals sufficient time to plan for the coming school year. As the NCSE allocates resources to schools to support over 30,000 pupils annually, some time is required to process all of the applications which are received each year, in advance of notifying schools of their allocations. I can advise the Deputy that the NCSE published details of allocations for SNAs and resource teaching hours for the 2013-14 school year yesterday, Wednesday, 19 June. These details are now available on the NCSE website, <em>www.ncse.ie</em>. They detail the allocations made for each school on a per county basis.</p>
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