Thursday, 16 February 2012
Department of Education and Skills
Question 91: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the most recent figures available regarding the percentage of staff hired in substitute teaching positions who are retired teachers. [9074/12]
Question 95: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if boards of management are currently required to report to him each time the school hires a retired teacher and to certify that all reasonable steps were taken to offer the post to an unemployed teacher who is not in receipt of a pension. [9078/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 91, 93, 94 and 95 together.
Circular 31/2011 details a cascade of measures for recruitment of teachers, prioritising unemployed registered teachers over retired registered teachers, and registered teachers over unregistered persons.
Each principal must report to his or her board of management on a regular basis on the fact that a list of unemployed registered teachers is being maintained, and the circumstances in which he or she has had to engage a registered teacher in receipt of a pension under a public service pension scheme or an unregistered person.
Records relating to recruitment and appointment must be made available by the school for inspection by the Department and a copy of such a record must be furnished to the Department upon a request being made for this. The Department has recently initiated a review of compliance with the procedures outlined in 31/2011.
The number of retired teachers in substitute posts prior to and following the publication of 31/2011 are as follows:- Jan 2011: 273 (prior to the publication of Circular 31/2011)Dec 2011: 48 (following the publication of Circular 31/2011) The percentage of retired teachers paid on the final payroll of 2011 (substitute and contracted) is as follows:-Post primary = 0.57% Primary = 0.72%
Question 92: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide the most recent figures available regarding the percentage of staff hired in substitute teaching positions who are paid at the unqualified rate. [9075/12]