Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (395)

Catherine Martin

Question:

395. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the remaining sections of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018, in particular sections 9(61), (62) and (63) will be commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20055/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 was signed into law by the President on 18 July 2018.

The overall objective of the Act is to provide a new framework for school enrolment that is designed to ensure that every child is treated fairly and that the way in which schools decide on applications for admission is structured, fair and transparent.

Section 9 of the Act sets out the provisions for the School Admissions process for schools. A number of subsections of section 9 - section 64 which prohibits schools from charging admission fees and section 66 which deals with co-operation between boards - were commenced in 2018.

The remaining sections of the Act require regulations. My Department is currently in the process of consultation with the Education Partners on the regulations that are required to be put in place alongside the commencement of a number of the remaining sections of the Act.