Education (No. 2) Bill, 1997: Order for Second Stage.

Bill entitled an Act to make provision in the interests of the common good for the education of every child in the State, including any child with special educational needs, and to provide generally for primary, post-primary, adult and continuing education and vocational education and training; to ensure that the education system is accountable to students, their parents and the State for the education provided, respects the diversity of values, beliefs and traditions in Irish society and is conducted in a spirit of partnership between schools, patrons, students, parents, teachers and other school staff and the State; to provide for the recognition and funding of schools and their management through boards of management; to provide for an inspectorate of schools, to provide for the role and responsibilities of principals and teachers; to establish the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and to make provision for it, and to provide for related matters.

I move: "That Second Stage be taken today."

Question put and agreed to.