Parents accept change, but not for their children
Published 11/10/2011 | 05:00
PARENTS accept the Catholic Church will have to hand over the running of some primary schools -- just not the schools their own children attend.
New research among parents by the Catholic Church has found a general acceptance that change is on the way, but no one wanted it for their school.
The research was carried out by the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP) as part of the plan to divest some of the 89pc of primary schools under Catholic control.
CSP chairperson Fr Michael Drumm, pictured, said there were communities where people were of the view that they were "ripe for a certain level of transition, but there was also "a sense of not in my backyard".
Fr Drumm said for change to happen it would have to be embraced by the school community and could not be foisted upon them.
As well as interviewing parents in about 30 representative schools, the CSP has also consulted with wider school communities on the patronage issue.
The consultation process found that while provision of school choice was perceived to be achievable in urban areas, this was not considered to be the case for rural areas.