Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Ceisteanna (158)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

158. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of teachers and principals on administrative leave with full pay; the reason this is the case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47221/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Administrative Leave is a temporary leave of absence, with pay, which may be granted where it is necessary for a teacher to be absented from work in order that an investigation be carried out. It may only be granted in limited situations where the continued presence of a teacher (including the principal teacher) has the potential to present an on-going risk such as situations concerning child protection, serious misconduct or fraud.

The number of teachers currently recorded as being absent on Administrative Leave on the Department’s payroll is sixteen. This figure does not include teachers on Administrative leave on payrolls administered by the Education and Training Boards