Ferris criticises funding refusal for North Kerry Special School
North Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has criticised the recent decision to refuse funding for part-time teachers at Nano Nagle Special School for important subjects and therapies, which many other Special Schools are receiving. Deputy Ferris said it is a disgrace that funding was refused for important subjects such as Music Therapy, Thai Chi/Massage and Yoga which are proven to be beneficial for children with special needs, including Autism.
“I recently raised this matter with the Minister for Education Mary Hanafin and I welcome her statement that the needs of Nano Nagle Special School will be reviewed. However, it is a disgrace that funding was refused in the first place for important subjects such as Music Therapy, Thai Chi/Massage and Yoga. These subjects are proven to be extremely beneficial to children with Special Needs, including Autism.
“It is essential for both the children and parents that funding for these subjects is approved immediately and I sincerely hope that the decision will be reversed. ENDS
NOTE: Details of Deputy Ferris’ Dáil Question and Minister’s response are below
To the Minister for Education and Science
To ask the Minister for Education and Science the reason funding for part-time teachers at a special needs school (details supplied) in County Kerry under the heading teaching service for other institutions has been refused; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
- Martin Ferris
Nano Nagle, Listowel
*For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 22nd November 2006.
Reference Number: 39618/06
Minister for Education and Science (Mary Hanafin, T.D.)
My Department allocated additional teaching hours to Vocational Educational Committees (VECs) t support the delivery of education programmes in a range of facilities, including special schools. Such allocations are made under the heading Co-Operation Hours with Other Institutions and are made in response to specific applications which are submitted by the VECs in advance of the commencement of the school year to which they relate.
My Department is currently undertaking a review of allocations to VECs under Co-Operation Hours with Other Institutions and the needs of the special school to which the Deputy refers will be considered in the context of this review.