Thursday 22 February 2018

Our education is always worth a conversation

EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn showed a good sense of priorities and of parents' anxieties when he published a discussion document on school enrolment policies yesterday. He also set a reasonable date, October 28, for receipt of comments on the document before he considers legislation on the subject.

He said yesterday that it was "not meant to be prescriptive". No decisions have been made on final regulations or legislation. However, the paper makes no attempt to conceal the thinking behind it or the general lines of what the minister considers the right approach.

There is intense competition for places in the "right" primary and secondary schools. Unquestionably, some families enjoy advantages which others do not. The others include, notably, immigrants and families living in disadvantaged areas. But the competition extends across all areas and classes.

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