Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD says that the increase in the numbers of complaints to the Children’s Ombudsman’s Office is a cause for concern, as a report published today shows nearly half complaints related to education.
Deputy O’Brien said: “In the Ombudsman for Children’s annual report for 2011, it shows there were almost 1,500 complaints lodged last year - an increase of 22% on 2010.
“It is not surprising that nearly half the complaints related to educational issues, including transport and the allocation of special needs resources.
“This shows how the cuts in education are directly impacting on children and as the Ombudsman Emily Logan correctly states, the views of Irish children were often systematically rejected.
“A case in point was the refusal, earlier in the year, of a school to admit a 16-year-old girl because she was pregnant. As a result of this individual’s case being brought to the Children’s Ombudsman Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has made a commitment to amend school enrolment legislation.
“I would therefore encourage anyone who has concerns about the rights and welfare of a child to consider contacting the Children’s Ombudsman’s office as it can make a difference.”