Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has called on parents and families living along the border corridor to make sure they complete the survey on the future of education provision in their area before it closes at the end of the week.
Mr. Hazzard said:
“Minister John O’Dowd and his Southern counterpart Minister Ruairi Quinn agreed to proceed with this initiative in an attempt to examine how education provision is provided along the border corridor and whether there is scope to engage in Educational joint planning between the Assembly and Dáil Éireann.
“With the nature border life continually evolving, we have many parents now living in one jurisdiction and working in the other, but their children can potentially face barriers to crossing the border in search of places in schools. Some of these barriers may require legislative adjustment and I am delighted that Minister O’Dowd will examine ways in which this can be amended accordingly, but in many cases parents are just not aware of the options that may be open to them.
“The online questionnaire is available to parents of pupils attending either primary schools that lie within six miles of the border, or post-primary schools up to 12 miles from the border. It is vitally important that participation in the survey is high so that we can build better relationships and outcomes for all our young people leaving in border areas.”