Thursday, 31 March 2011
Department of Education and Skills
Question 43: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if urgent consideration will be given to the concerns outlined in correspondence (details supplied) and if appropriate measures will be implemented without delay to deal with these issues. [6338/11]
The process of allocating teaching resources to schools for 2011/2012 and the arrangements for filling vacant or new teaching posts takes place in the context of the EU/IMF Programme of Support for Ireland and the Public Service Agreement 2010/2014. My Department is aware of the issues which have been raised by the Deputy. However, the overriding imperative is that all the surplus permanent teachers are redeployed into vacancies. The redeployment panels are being circulated to panel operators and a clearer picture will start to emerge in the coming weeks in relation to progress on the redeployment of surplus teachers.
It is the intention of the Department to restore recruitment from fixed-term teachers on the main panels, supplementary panels or public advertisement at the earliest possible opportunity, after all the surplus permanent teachers have been redeployed. The Department will be recommencing discussions with the relevant education partners in relation to what additional arrangements are required to deal with any remaining surplus teachers.