Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (142)

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Ceist:

142. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to upgrade PCs in second level schools for the reason (details supplied). [11833/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

My Department is aware of the issues in relation to Design & Communications Graphics subject equipment. The availability of funding to meet particular school needs is considered in the light of overall priorities and is subject to the availability of resources. I will keep the question of the provision of funding for this purpose under review. Steps have been taken to ensure that schools receive value for money when purchasing T4 CAD PCs and Notebooks. In this regard, schools may purchase off the Department of Finance's framework for PCs and notebooks and to facilitate this the Professional Development Service for Teachers - Technology in Education have put in place a drawdown agreement for PCs and notebooks with all the necessary specifications for Design and Communications Graphics.