Thursday, 22 October 2020

Ceisteanna (93)

Niall Collins

Ceist:

93. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education when a person (details supplied) will be contacted by the school transport section; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32135/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

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

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.

In the 2019/20 year over 120,000 children, including over 14,200 children with special educational needs, are 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 €219m in 2019.

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 may be appealed to the School Transport Appeals Board. 

The School Transport Appeals Board is independent of my Department.  Under the terms of reference of the Board, the Board 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.

The appeal to which the Deputy refers was lodged with the School Transport Appeals Board and the appeal in this case has been allowed by the Board.

Officials from my School Transport Section have issued correspondence to parents in this regard.