Dáil debates

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


12:50 pm

Photo of Niamh SmythNiamh Smyth (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

In the programme for Government the Government gave a commitment under education to a funding provision, particularly for children with Down's syndrome. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having Down Syndrome Ireland in the AV room to give a presentation on two particular issues, one being the July provision and the other being the urgent need for support for teachers in schools to prepare and implement what can be sometimes complex individual education plans. Teachers feel they are unsupported and under-resourced to do that, and it is the parents who will be at the coalface of that.

On the July provision, it is extremely important to have that extended school year, be it home or school based. Parents and teachers believe that continuity in terms of education for children with Down's syndrome is crucial. Does the Minister for Education and Skills have any plans to do so?


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