Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (89)

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

89 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science the situation regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if a resolution has been found in this case. [3473/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

As I previously informed the Deputy, an official from my Department has been in contact with the parents of the child referred to by the Deputy and has advised them on their rights under section 29 of the Education Act 1998 to appeal a refusal to enrol.

Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department where a board of management of a school or a person acting on behalf of the board refuses to enrol a student in the school.

The National Educational Welfare Board, which was established under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, is the single national agency with responsibility for school attendance. The principal function of the board is to ensure that every child in the State attends a recognised school or otherwise receives an appropriate minimum education. The parents of the child in question have been advised to contact the board to obtain its advice and assistance in securing a place for their child.