Monday 23 October 2017

David Quinn: More school choice, not less, is needed for fairness

A new draft law unveiled by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn aimed at regulating the admissions policy of our schools has received an almost universal welcome. The only criticism of the plan so far has come from those who think it doesn't go far enough.

It has been introduced in the name of 'fairness', but is actually indicative of the centralising tendency behind almost all education policy in Ireland.

In fact, ours schools – post-primary schools especially – shouldn't have less freedom to decide their own admissions policy, they should have more. That is, there should be much more local autonomy and much less central control.

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