Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Ceisteanna (598)

Michael Ring

Ceist:

598. Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Education when the remote area boarding grant will be paid to a pupil (details supplied) in County Mayo. [16899/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The purpose of the Remote Area Boarding Grant scheme is to give students who are disadvantaged because of their remoteness from schools an opportunity to attend school on the same basis as students not so disadvantaged.

The terms of this scheme are set out in Circular 16/2016 which is published on my Department’s website at https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0016_2016.pdf.

The case referred to by the Deputy has been examined by Bus Éireann, who operates the School Transport Scheme on behalf of my Department.

I am pleased to say that the application has been approved and will be paid in the coming weeks.

The pupil’s parents have recently been informed of this decision.