Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (71)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

71. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances and legislation under which a school may be compelled to admit a student. [50939/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department, or in the case of an Education and Training Board (ETB) school to the ETB in the first instance, where a Board of Management of a school, or a person acting on behalf of the Board, refuses to enrol a student in a school, expels a student or suspends a student for 20 or more days in any school year. The Department has no authority to compel a school to admit a pupil, except in the case of an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 being upheld.