Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Education and Skills

State Examinations

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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338. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Covid Query No. 3.538, if the application for invigilators of leaving certificate examinations will be opened to non-teachers when a new date is set for students wishing to take their examinations. [6633/20]

Photo of Donnchadh Ó LaoghaireDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein)
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394. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that service delivery staff had been employed for a number of weeks of the year by the State Examinations Commission will now not be employed disrupting their pattern of employment; and his views on whether functions can be found for the staff to ensure that they are kept in employment in view of the fact the delivery of calculated grades in 2020 will be labour intensive. [6922/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 338 and 394 together.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is responsible for the recruitment of individuals to supervise and mark the examinations. At present, suitably qualified teachers are eligible to apply for such positions. The 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations have been postponed until a future date when it will be safe to run them. The SEC will consider its staffing requirements at that time.

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