New appeals system in pipeline
EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn is reconsidering plans to remove the right of parents to appeal to an independent body if their child has been refused admission to a school.
Currently, under Section 29 of the Education Act, parents may appeal to the Department of Education, but the process can be lengthy and complex.
The minister intended to replace that system with a simpler local appeals mechanism as part of proposed new legislation on a range of issues relating to school admissions, that he hopes to enact by the end of July.
The legislation, as initially proposed, would transfer responsibility for appeals against a decision by a school to refuse admission, from the Department of Education to the school's board of management.