Traveller decision 'will affect schools'
Published 12/12/2010 | 05:00
A TEACHERS' union has said schools across the country are likely to be affected by a decision of the Equality Tribunal, ordering a school to enrol a Traveller who had been refused admission.
The boy's family had been told the number of applicants exceeded the available places.
The child could not meet one of the school's three criteria, which gave priority to those with a brother or father who had attended the school.
Sheila Nunan, general secretary of the INTO, said the decision would have implications well beyond the Traveller community.
"Enrolment polices at primary level often use older siblings in the school as a criterion for enrolment. The thinking behind it is not to exclude children but to ensure that parents with more than one child don't end up with children in different schools, with different drop-off places."
Ms Nunan added that enrolment policies in general would have to be examined in light of the tribunal's ruling.