Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has encouraged parents of pre-school school and primary school-going children in Arklow, Castlebar, Tramore, Trim and Whitehall to respond to a survey on school patronage.
Deputy O’Brien was responding to the launch today of an online survey being piloted in these five towns which will allow parents to have their say on their preferred option for the ethos of the school they choose for their child’s education.
He continued: “The Advisory Group to the Forum of Patronage and Pluralism advised that the process of divesting patronage in areas of stable population should begin immediately. The commencement of this online survey is an opportunity for parents to have their say into the type of primary school they want their children to attend and decide if it is denominational, multi-denominational or all-Irish speaking.
“It is important that parents have a say in shaping the school system which at present does not reflect the diverse needs and aspirations of our population and the significant changes that have taken place within Irish society over the past ten years.
“The growing popularity of Educate Together Schools and Gaelscoileanna are evidence of this trend and by participating in this survey parents will have a say in shaping a more inclusive education system.”