Written answers

Tuesday, 30 March 2004

Department of Education and Science

Teaching Qualifications

9:00 pm

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Dublin South West, Labour)
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Question 269: To ask the Minister for Education and Science the number of teachers at primary level who have provisional recognition pending acquisition of the SCG qualification; the number of those who are currently on extensions of time beyond the five year limit to obtain the Irish language qualifications; if he can provide a breakdown by country in both of these categories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9947/04]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Meath, Fianna Fail)
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There are approximately 1,200 teachers currently holding provisional recognition. However, it should be borne in mind that as these teachers are granted restricted recognition in conjunction with provisional recognition, many of them may hold posts in special schools or classes using their restricted recognition and may therefore not be interested in obtaining a pass in the SCG as this is not required to hold such posts. There are currently 45 teachers on an extension of their original five year period of provisional recognition.

A breakdown of the figures by country would require an inordinate amount of official time to answer the question in the detail requested.

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