Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has said today is the last opportunity to make a submission on the future of education provision in border areas before it closes at the end of the week.
Mr. Hazzard said:
“Today is the last day for parents to make their views known on the future on the initiative unveiled by Education Minister John O’Dowd and his Southern counterpart Minister Ruairi Quinn.
“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.
“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.
”I would urge anyone who has yet to make a submission to do so immediately and not to miss the deadline so that their views can be taken into consideration.”