Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Education Centre Network

Photo of Thomas PringleThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent)
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207. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason he is advertising for a new director in a centre (details supplied) in view of the fact that the current situation has been left unresolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30442/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Section 37 of the Education Act 1998 provides the legislative basis for the recognition and regulation of Education Centres. Section 37(6) of the Act makes provision to make regulations relating to a number of matters in Education Centres such as the appointment of management committees, funding, staffing, provision of information to the Department & other operational matters.

In September 2017, the Education Support Centres (Appointment and Secondment of Directors) Regulation for the appointment and secondment of directors of Education Centres were introduced. Appointments as Directors under these Regulations are made on a school year basis. Under the regulations, a person shall not be appointed as Director for more than 5 consecutive years whether or not the appointment was made before the coming into operation of the Regulations. A part of a school year shall count as a full school year for the purposes of any calculation under the Regulations. At the end of the this school year, the current Director will have reached the maximum limit that is permitted under the Regulations.

Accordingly, the Management Committee of the Centre has sought and received my approval to hold a public competition to recruit a new Director for the 2019/20 school year in accordance with the Regulations.

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