I want parents to share schools not take over from Church – Minister
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn today denied a claim in the Daily Mail that he was asking parents to take control of their schools from the Catholic Church.
There will be elections for approximately 3,300 boards of management in the autumn, with generally eight members per board, two of whom are parent representatives.
"This is about the partners in education sharing responsibility for running the schools in a manner that provides all students with the best education possible,” he said.
New Boards will take up office on 1 December 2011. Membership of a Board of Management is designed to reflect all the different interests in the school community (patron, parents, staff, and wider community).
He paid tribute to the huge voluntary contribution made by over 20,000 members of the outgoing boards who have given their time freely to help create a suitable learning environment for every child and ensure schools run efficiently. "We are very fortunate to have people who are willing give their time and energy to their local schools,” he said.