Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Clare Daly (Dublin North, Socialist Party)
Question 195: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way staff in Longford Vocational Education Committee who are availing of the early retirement scheme are being re-employed into the same positions on a part time basis; the number of these cases that exist; the positions to which they relate; and in view of the cuts at VEC level, the budgets from which these payments are being funded. [7567/12]
Ruairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
I announced measures in November 2011 permitting post-primary schools to re-employ teachers who retire between 1 December 2011 and 29 February 2012 and who, immediately before their retirement, have been teaching students preparing to sit the Junior or Leaving Certificate examinations in 2012. Such teachers may be re-employed until the summer holidays for the teaching duties for which they were timetabled immediately before their retirement.
In the case of the VEC referred to by the Deputy, my Department has been advised that one teacher who availed of the early retirement scheme has been re-employed on a part-time basis for 18 hours per week from 9 January, 2012 on a fixed term contract to the end of the 2011/2012 school year. Payments to any staff re-employed must be funded by the VEC from its annual instruction pay grant.