Dáil Éireann - Volume 502 - 23 March, 1999
Written Answers. - School Staffing.
Mr. O'Shea Mr. O'Shea
90. Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Education and Science the proposals, if any, he has to substantially increase the number of non-teaching principals in primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7744/99]
Mr. Martin Mr. Martin
Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): As I recently announced, a new staffing schedule is being introduced which will substantially improve class sizes in primary schools from September next. This schedule provides for a significant reduction in the number of pupils necessary for the appointment of a non-teaching principal.
A working group made up of representatives from all of the education partners and a number of principal teachers has been set up to examine the role of the principal teacher in primary schools.
The group has met on approximately 14 occasions over the past 11 months. I understand its work is nearing completion and that a report is likely to be forwarded to me in the near future.
I am confident the report will address all issues relating to teaching principals within the primary school system. Accordingly, I do not propose to comment further on this matter until I have received the group's report and considered its recommendations.
Dáil Éireann 502 Written Answers. School Staffing.