Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (241)

Kevin Humphreys


241. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way it is planned for the admissions to school Bill to reduce the number of section 29 appeals for refusal to enrol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24563/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy is aware, the Government gave approval in March of this year for drafting the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2014 and the General Scheme has since been referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to the Government for drafting. My aim in bringing forward legislative proposals in relation to school admission is to improve the admissions process and to ensure that the way schools decide on applications is structured, fair and transparent. The framework also proposes a mechanism for ensuring that every child receives a school place. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection report on the Draft General Scheme followed public hearings at the committee involving parents and education partners among others. The recommendations from the Committee will be considered further in the context of the drafting of the Bill.

Question No. 242 answered with Question No. 209.