Written answers

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Public Sector Staff Sick Leave

Photo of Fiona O'LoughlinFiona O'Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail)
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213. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the procedure for a teacher teaching senior cycle on sick leave for more than one month; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50000/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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The Public Service Sick Leave Scheme, which applies to teachers, is regulated by the Public Service Management (Sick Leave) Regulations 2014, as amended. The terms and conditions of the Sick Leave Scheme for teachers is contained in my Department’s Circular 54/2019.

The recruitment and appointment of teachers to fill teaching posts is a matter for the individual school authority, subject to procedures agreed under Section 24(3) of the Education Act 1998 (as amended by the Education (Amendment) Act 2012).

In the case of a teacher who is absent on continuous certified Sick Leave a school managerial authority may appoint an appropriately qualified substitute teacher.


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