To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will report on the progress of the prefab replacement programme; the number of schools that have had prefabs replaced by county; the number of schools still to be reached; and her plans and timeframe to replace the temporary structures with permanent classroom accommodation. – Seán Kyne.
Minister Jan O’Sullivan Under my Department’s Prefab Replacement Initiative approval was given to 209 primary schools and 8 post primary schools to replace 614 prefab units with permanent accommodation. In excess of €57m was allocated of which €44.3m has been paid to date. Of the total 217 approved school projects, 155 projects have been completed and a further 21 projects are on site. Details of the number of schools in each county approved funding is outlined in the attached table. My Department’s priority is to ensure that every child will have access to a physical school place and in this regard it is sometimes necessary to make use of temporary accommodation to meet the accommodation needs of schools.