Written answers

Tuesday, 18 May 2004

Department of Education and Science

Educational Disadvantage

9:00 pm

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Labour)
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Question 71: To ask the Minister for Education and Science when he expects the review of initiatives to address educational disadvantage to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14361/04]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Education and Science; Meath, Fianna Fail)
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Since my appointment as Minister for Education and Science, I have made it clear that addressing educational disadvantage is my top priority. By ensuring that available educational resources are targeted at the most disadvantaged people in the education system at all levels, my objective is to ensure that all young people leave the education system with a high quality education and related qualifications to support their full participation in society and in the economy.

One of my key concerns is to improve the level of synergy between the various disadvantaged programmes operated by my Department. To this end, my Department is currently finalising a review of educational disadvantage schemes and I will be making an announcement in this regard once the review has been completed.

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