Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (291)

Mary Butler

Ceist:

291. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of schools that have DEIS status in rural areas compared to those with DEIS status in the five major cities and larger towns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28186/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

As the Deputy may be aware, there are currently 896 schools in the DEIS Programme serving over 180,000 pupils. There are 359 rural DEIS primary schools, with approximately 27,000 pupils, and 339 urban DEIS primary schools, with approximately 83,000 pupils, in receipt of supports under the DEIS school support programme. There are 198 Post Primary schools with approximately 74,000 students in the DEIS programme. Post Primary schools are not classified as urban or rural.

A full breakdown of all the schools in the DEIS programme is available on my Departments website at

www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Services/DEIS-Delivering-Equality-of-Opportunity-in-Schools-/.