Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Education and Science

Training and Work Experience Programmes

5:00 am

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 92: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, further to Parliamentary Question No. 100 of 23 November 2010, when a reply will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45076/10]

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
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The information requested by the Deputy is being collated. I will write to him substantively in the matter as soon as possible.

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 94: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if FETAC has received any communication from FÁS in respect of specific problems with course results and the manipulation of such results; if so, the dates when such contact took place and the level of same; the nature of the correspondence; the action taken by FETAC as a result; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45079/10]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Education and Science; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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In late 2009 FÁS informed FETAC that their internal verification processes identified assessment related issues on a range of courses delivered by private providers in the North East. FÁS commenced an investigation and informed FETAC that they would not request certificates for the courses in question until all issues were addressed and the appropriate corrective action was taken. In recent weeks FÁS informed FETAC of a separate administration and procedural issue relating to certificate requests. This issue is being examined by FÁS at present and FETAC are also undertaking an examination of the issue at a number of sample FÁS sites.

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