Saturday 25 February 2017

School plan not thought through

NOT long ago, as preparations for the reduction of the number of primary schools under the patronage of Catholic bishops began, a wise man warned that change would need to be thought through carefully.

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership, pointed out that a primary school system rooted in local communities, serving a diverse population at little or no cost to the State in terms of patronage and management, was an invaluable social asset and would be all too easy to tear apart.

That was last November, when Catholic bishops met department officials who subsequently undertook to identify places in which a surplus of Catholic schools might suggest a need for a change of school patronage.

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