Education (Amendment) Act 2012

Amendment of section 33 of Act of 2001.

9.— The Act of 2001 is amended by substituting for section 33 the following section:

“Renewal of Registration.

33.— (1) Registration shall be valid for 12 months from the date of registration.

(2) The Council may, subject to the consent of the Minister, make regulations under section 4 for the purposes of renewal of registration of persons registered as teachers under this Act, which shall provide for, but not necessarily be limited to, all or any of the following:

(a) the form and manner in which an application for renewal shall be made;

(b) the documentary and other evidence which shall accompany an application for renewal;

(c) the conditions for renewal of registration (including the issuing of notice of renewal of registration), which may include, but not necessarily be limited to, all or any of the following in relation to the applicant for renewal:

(i) satisfactory completion of programmes of continuing education and training accredited under section 39;

(ii) evidence of character including but not limited to declarations by the applicant and An Garda Síochána; and

(iii) teaching experience.

(3) Subject to subsection (2) and to the payment of such renewal fee as may be prescribed under section 23, a registered teacher may apply for renewal of his or her registration for a further period of 12 months.

(4) An application for renewal of registration shall be made before the expiration of the period of validity of registration.

(5) The term of a renewal of registration shall take effect from the expiration of the previous registration.

(6) On receipt of an application for renewal of registration and the prescribed fee, the Council shall, as soon as practicable, send to the applicant registered teacher a receipt stating that the fee has been received.

(7) Where the Council is satisfied that the applicant complies with the provisions of this section and other relevant provisions of this Act, the applicant shall be registered as a teacher for a further period of 12 months and the Council shall notify the person concerned in accordance with regulations made under subsection (2).

(8) A receipt issued by the Council under subsection (6), and a notice issued by it under subsection (7), shall, without proof of the signature of the person purporting to sign the receipt or notice or that such person was the proper person so to sign, be evidence in any legal proceedings that, as the case may be, the payment was made or the registration was renewed for the period specified in the notice, unless the contrary is shown.”.