Monday 18 February 2019

Belvedere past pupils disappointed not to meet minister

Jan O'Sullivan,TD,the Minister for Education and Skills at Leinster house
Jan O'Sullivan,TD,the Minister for Education and Skills at Leinster house

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Past pupils of Belvedere College have been disappointed in their hopes of meeting Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan about a proposed new law that will restrict the number of children of past pupils a school may enrol.

The fee-paying Dublin boys school is among a number of institutions objecting to the change, one of a range of measures that will be covered in draft legislation on school admissions to be published before Easter.

The proposed legislation is aimed at introducing more fairness and transparency into the school admissions process.

Currently, there is no legislative cap on the number of children of past pupils that a school may enrol, but Ms O'Sullivan has indicated that she may go lower than the 25pc cap proposed by her predecessor Ruairí Quinn.

The Belvedere College Union, representing former pupils of the school, said it was expecting to meet the minister, but had been told that Ms O'Sullivan had taken a decision not to meet its committee. The union said this was "disappointing".

A spokesperson for Ms O'Sullivan said that, due to diary commitments, the minister could not facilitate all meeting requests.

"She will consider the views of all stakeholders during the passage of the admissions bill and the making of subsequent regulation," the spokesperson added.

Irish Independent

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