Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (249)

Thomas Byrne


249. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of section 29 appeals regarding admissions in September 2019 in respect of each school within an ETB (details supplied); and the number of decisions on admission which were overturned in each case. [5540/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 in the case of a school which is established or maintained by an Education and Training Board (ETB), an appeal against a decision of the board of management of the school to refuse enrolment shall be made, in the first instance, to the relevant ETB and thereafter to the Secretary General of my Department.

My Department does not hold data on the number of Section 29 appeals regarding admissions in September 2019 made directly to the ETB referred to by the Deputy. However, my Department’s records indicate that as of 1 February 2019, my Department has received four appeals under section 29 against decisions by a school within the ETB in question to refuse admission to a student in respect of the 2019/20 school year.

Three of the appeals have recently been heard by independent Appeals Committees established under Section 29 of the Act and the determinations of the Appeals Committee will issue shortly to the parents and the school concerned. The fourth appeal is scheduled to be heard and determined later this month.