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Summer Works Scheme 03/05/17

Still no details of Summer Works Scheme – INTO calls on Minister to make immediate announcement

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Statement by Sheila Nunan
General Secretary
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
on Summer Works Scheme

Still no details of Summer Works Scheme – INTO calls on Minister to make immediate announcement

The INTO today strongly criticised the failure of the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to announce details of a Summer Works Scheme for primary schools. The union said the continuing delay was leading to mounting pressure in schools in relation to school buildings.

Sheila Nunan, INTO general secretary said schools needed to know if applications for funding under the scheme are to proceed. “This information was promised months ago and still schools have heard nothing.”

She said schools needed this information so that they can make the necessary plans for building work to be done.

“Schools are aware at local level what needs to be done but there is no indication from government if funding will be available to carry out this work,” said Ms Nunan.

“It is vital that sanction for projects is given in time to allow for proper planning by schools. Arrangements need to be made now for tendering and the appointment of contractors,” she said. “This cannot be done unless government gives an immediate green light to the scheme.”

The INTO said the Minister promised in the Dáil in February 2017 to make an announcement “in due course”. This has not been done. The union called on the Minister for Education and Skills to announce details of the assessments carried out on schools applications for funding immediately.

The purpose of the Summer Works Scheme is to devolve funding to school authorities to undertake small-scale works which can be carried out mainly during the summer months to avoid disrupting the operation of the schools.

“Schools are entitled to know that this is a priority area for the Minister,” said Ms Nunan.