A new approach to schools
MOST professionals in the field of education believe the time has come for a new approach to the control and management of schools. They are right. The present model cannot be sustained.
Under this model, 92pc of schools are Catholic, 6pc Protestant, and less than 2pc offer an alternative. A majority of parents, albeit a narrow majority, are satisfied with the system: 58pc support continued church management. But that will soon cease, if it has not already ceased, to be practical. The Catholic Church, which accounts for an overwhelming proportion of the system, simply will not have the personnel. Internally the church has recognised this, and has worked on plans to address the problem.
The Department of Education, for its part, has identified 10 areas where the church could consider handing over control.