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Government ‘hypocritical’ on Educate Together schools – Funchion

14 February, 2018 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Education Kathleen Funchion TD has criticised Minister Richard Bruton and the Department of Education for their lack of clarity in relation to the restriction placed on five Educate Together National Schools.

Teachta Funchion said:

“The Department, in correspondence with these schools, has placed a restriction on their enrolment for September 2018/2019 to ‘up to half a stream’ or sixteen junior infant children.

“The Department are now seeking to retrospectively change the basis upon which Educate Together agreed to proceed on and are imposing a restriction that actually contravenes the lawful preference of a significant number of families in the areas in question.

“Each of the five schools in question has grown each year and the majority have demonstrated pre-enrolment numbers for 2018/2019 to accommodate a full class of 26 junior infants.

“The Minister facilitated the opening of these Educate Together schools under the Government’s school patronage divestment process to provide for diversity of provision in an area and this policy now of restricting their enrolment contradicts this completely.

“This restriction is also coming at a time when parents are securing places for their children for September 2018/2019 and it is vital that Minister Bruton and his Department provide clarity for these five Educate Together schools without delay.” 

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