Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (393)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

393. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if home tuition will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13816/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The purpose of my Department’s Home Tuition Grant Scheme is to provide funding towards the provision of a compensatory educational service for students enrolled in school, with a significant medical condition which has, and is likely to cause, major disruption to their attendance in school on a continuing basis.

Home tuition is not an alternative to a school placement and is provided in very limited and specific circumstances.

Eligibility for applications received under the Medical Strand of the Scheme is assessed having regard to, although not limited to, the following criteria:

• The student’s attendance levels during the previous school year

• A relevant medical/professional report which should clearly confirm a diagnosis.

Based on the information provided in the application received in my Department on 26th February 2019 in relation to the student’s medical condition my Department was not in a position to sanction Home Tuition.

The Home Tuition Grant Scheme provides for an appeal process and details are set out in the decision letter which issued to the applicant. Appeals may be submitted in writing to my Department’s Special Education Section outlining the reasons for the appeal along with additional supporting documents or reports, as appropriate.

I have forwarded the information the Deputy has provided with this question to my officials and requested them to examine the information under the appeals process. My officials will contact the Parent directly in due course.