Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Personal Vacation Days
Clare Daly (Dublin North, Socialist Party)
Question 196: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider reversing the decision made by the previous Government to cut extra personal vacation days to teachers who engage in voluntary overseas work. [7604/12]
Ruairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
A teacher’s entitlement to extra personal vacation (EPV) days is on the basis of attending approved summer courses. My Department has in place, a quality assurance system that approves all summer courses and evaluates a sample of summer courses. This is necessary to ensure that the summer courses on offer to teachers and which are eligible for EPV days, foster and facilitate quality learning.
As the Deputy can appreciate it would not be possible for my Department to quality assure summer courses which are located overseas and therefore I have no plans to reintroduce EPV days for these courses.