Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Ceisteanna (166)

Michael McCarthy


166. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the decision not to assist a student (details supplied) in County Cork with a travel pass to attend a school in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12063/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Under the terms of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kms from and are attending their nearest education centre as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language. Bus Éireann, which operates the school transport scheme on behalf of my Department, has advised that the child in question is not attending his nearest education centre and is therefore not eligible for school transport. Only children who are eligible for school transport and who hold valid medical cards (GMS Scheme) are exempt from paying the annual charge. The Post Primary School Transport Scheme is applied equitably on a national basis.