Queues of parents are evidence that more school choice is needed
Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30
After years of pent-up demand for greater choice in education, at both primary and post-primary level, the overnight queue that formed outside Clonturk Community College should come as no surprise.
The first second-level school in Dublin city to open under the banner of Educate Together - in partnership with City of Dublin Education and Training Board - was guaranteed to attract big interest.
It is not that the area is lacking in fine secondary schools.
But in an increasingly diverse society, the system has not offered sufficient variety to meet the needs of what all parents want for their school-going children.
With second-level school enrolments nationally due to continue rising for a decade, the parents who queued in Whitehall prove that there is not only a need for more school places, but more choice too.
Change on this front has been slow. At primary level, the promised reduction in the dominance of the Catholic Church in education through the transfer of some of its schools to other patron bodies has made little progress.
At post-primary level, parents rely on the opening of new schools, such as Clonturk Community College, to meet the demand for more diversity.