Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which primary school places and class requirements in Naas, County Kildare continue to be met; if class sizes fall within the national average; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Bernard J. Durkan.
* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 9th July, 2014.
Reference Number: 30013/14
Minister Ruairí Quinn
The Forward Planning Section of my Department continuously monitors and analyses demographic data for all areas of the country, including the area referred to by the Deputy, to anticipate emerging needs and to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to meet those needs. My Department’s five year construction plan is focused on providing accommodation to meet demographic needs this regard. It is also open to schools to apply for funding at any time to meet their particular requirements.
Class sizes in primary schools in County Kildare are broadly in line with the national average of 24.8 and are well within the current pupil teacher ratio of 28:1. This information is published on the Department’s website as part of the Key Educational Statistics 2013/2014 document.