SF education spokesperson urges parents to participate in school patronage survey
February 6, 2013
Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has urged people to participate in the national parental patronage survey on school preference, currently being taken on a pilot basis in 38 designated towns and areas across the country.
Describing the survey as an “unique opportunity for parents to have their say on the type of school they would like to see in place for their children”, the Cork North Central TD continued: “I believe it is important that when, for the first time, the state is actively seeking the views of parents, that they participate in this survey regarding their preference for the type of school in which they would like to see their children educated.
“The surveys are open to parents who live in the designated areas and have children age 0-12 years old and I hope they will take this opportunity to register their choice, before the survey closes on Friday 8 February 2013.
“Anyone interested in registering their views can log onto the Department of Education's website where they can access information about the areas covered by the survey, the potential patrons and how the survey mechanism works.
“I hope that findings of these surveys will help shape our education system so that it properly meets the needs of our rapidly changing population.”