Seomra Ranga is delighted to announce that, to mark the beginning of the new academic year, the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD has agreed to take part in our interview series on the site. For those not familiar with the format of the interview series, this is how visitors to the website can become involved: Minister Quinn has agreed to take questions from visitors to the website. You can submit questions for the Minister via the Seomra Ranga  Facebook or Twitter pages, or by posting a comment at the bottom of this post.

These questions must not be of a specific nature but about points in general in relation to education in Ireland and topics of interest in primary education in particular. Possible topics for questions could include the Minister’s focus on Literacy and Numeracy, the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, the jobs crisis for younger teachers etc. Questions should not be of a personal nature and should be succinct and to the point. I will collate / edit /amalgamate these and submit them to the Minister for answers / comments. I will then put his answers together into a post on the Seomra Ranga website at the beginning of September.

This is a great opportunity for practising teachers to put questions directly to the Minister for Education and Skills, so I hope that we can get a series of questions from a cross-section of the teaching community. I wish to express my appreciation to Minister Quinn for agreeing to submit himself to questioning through the Seomra Ranga website. If there are other figures involved in education that you think would be a good interviewee, please let me know.