Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (217)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

217. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of primary and secondary substitute teachers on the roster in 2018; the number of those required for cover in 2018; the average number of days covered in 2018 by substitute teachers by primary and secondary level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7883/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Substitute teachers are employed by the managerial authorities of the schools. My Department acts as Paymaster for contracted and substitute staff to over 4,000 schools.

In 2018, my Department paid 13,796 substitutes who were employed in primary schools and 10,346 substitutes employed in post-primary schools (excluding ETB schools).

In the 2017/2018 school year the average number of days claimed by substitute teachers in primary schools was 46. In the case of post-primary schools (excluding ETBs) the average claimed was 22. This average was determined by reference to the number of substitutes employed in 2018.