Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Education and Skills
Schools Building Projects
211. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in relation to an application for a new purpose fit building by a school (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the current school building is in very poor condition on health and safety grounds; if this application is being given urgent consideration in view of the right children have to an education in a safe and secure environment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10746/20]
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has no current record of receiving an application, for capital funding, from the school in question.
Schools which identify that they have a shortfall in accommodation may apply for funding under my Department's Additional School Accommodation Scheme (ASA). The application form and information relating to this scheme are available on my Department's website www.education.ie.
Furthermore, since mid-2018 all schools approved for additional accommodation under the ASA scheme are also having necessary prefabs replaced as part of their additional accommodation project.
The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that essential classroom accommodation is available to cater for pupils enrolled each year and where the need cannot be met by the school’s existing accommodation.