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School Enrolments

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 December 2013

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Ceisteanna (120)

Seán Kyne


120. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if recognition and extra supports are provided or can be provided for schools which do not have selective entrance policies such as entrance exams and interviews compared with neighbouring schools. [51865/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

It is my firm view that all schools should be inclusive. In that regard, the Deputy will be aware that I have recently published a draft General Scheme for an Education (Admission to Schools) Bill, 2013 as well as draft regulations for discussion ahead of enacting legislation. The aim of these proposals is to ensure that the way schools decide on applications for enrolment is structured, fair and transparent.I have referred the draft General Scheme and draft regulations to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, to allow a full public discussion of the proposed legislative framework, including inputs from parents and the education partners.

I hope the Committee will give this early consideration so that we can proceed to the next stage of legislation as soon as possible.