O'Sullivan bows to pressure over pupil data
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan has bowed to pressure over how long information gathered as part of a new online pupil database in primary schools is to be kept.
The minister is proposing that the data be retained until the student is 19, rather than 30 as originally planned.
The change is included in a draft circular sent to school managers, teachers' unions and parents for consultation.
The Primary Online Database will collect a range of personal data on primary pupils, including PPS numbers, religion and ethnic and cultural background.
A major benefit of the database is the elimination of duplication in data requests to schools, but there were objections to the proposal to retain information until the student was aged 30.