Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (420)

Catherine Martin

Question:

420. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to commence section 7 of the Education (Admissions to Schools) Act 2018. [36118/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018, which was signed into law by the President on the 18th July 2018, is an important piece of legislation which will introduce a more parent-friendly, equitable and consistent approach to how school admissions policy operates for the almost 4,000 primary and post-primary schools in this country and a fair and balanced school admission process for all pupils.

Following enactment, a number of sections of the Act were commenced in 2018 and are now operational. In February 2019, my Department began the process of consultation with the education partners on the regulations that will be put in place alongside the commencement of the remaining sections of the Act.

It is my intention to commence the remaining provisions of the Act, including Section 7, so that they will apply to applications for admission in respect of the 2021/22 school year.