Monday 5 December 2016

Minister kicks cans down road as parents wait for key changes

John Walshe

Published 07/07/2016 | 02:30

Former Education Minister Ruairí Quinn Photo: Patrick Browne
Former Education Minister Ruairí Quinn Photo: Patrick Browne

What's another year when it comes to bringing about long-overdue changes in education? The tortured progress of the Admission to Schools Bill is a classic example of how difficult it is to progress reforms.

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In June 2011 former Education Minister Ruairí Quinn published a discussion document outlining exactly the same changes in admissions policies that were promised yesterday by the current minister Richard Bruton.

Mr Bruton hopes to have the bill enacted in time for the start of the 2017 school year, with parents hopefully benefiting from the abolition of application fees and greater transparency in admissions.

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