Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (116)

John McGuinness


116. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a series of queries (details supplied) submitted by email in September 2019 will receive a response. [49372/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department. 

In the 2018/2019 school year over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres at a cost of over €200m in 2018.  

The purpose of my Department’s School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school.

The School Transport Appeals Board, which is independent of my Department, determines appeals against decisions made by, or on behalf of, the Department of Education and Skills regarding the provision of school transport services and/or grant-aid under the terms of the School Transport Schemes. 

An appeal has been lodged with the School Transport Appeals Board in relation to the children referred to by the Deputy. The Board will consider this appeal at its next meeting on 19th December 2019.