Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (129)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

129. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the school building programme at primary and second level in County Kildare continues to proceed as planned having particular regard to the urgent requirement of school places; the extent if slower than expected progress has been noted in respect of a particular school; the actions planned to deal with same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5207/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

My Department’s six-year capital programme priorities building projects for demographic areas, including County Kildare. The Capital Programme also provides for devolved funding for additional classrooms for schools where an immediate enrolment need has been identified or where an additional teacher has been appointed.

There are currently 29 major capital projects that are being progressed in County Kildare. This is in addition to over 12 smaller scale projects that have been approved devolved funding under my Department’s additional accommodation scheme.

The Deputy will be aware that over the lifetime of my Department's Capital Programme, it is my intention to replace all purchased temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation, where the need is established. To enable this development, my Department will be carrying out an assessment of the number of prefabs being used in schools to deliver the curriculum. This will also determine whether or not individual prefabs need to be replaced in the context of the long-term accommodation needs of each individual school. When completed, this assessment will quantify the number of prefabs to be replaced.