Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has today called on the Minister for Education and Skills to publish updated regulations to accompany the new admissions to schools bill as soon as possible, after the Minister confirmed in a Parliamentary Question response that the regulations will be updated and published in draft form following enactment of the Bill.
Teachta Nolan said:
“The Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016 gives the Minister extensive powers to regulate in the area of admissions policy, particularly in relation to the criteria that must be applied when a school if oversubscribed.
“The Minister has confirmed in a Parliamentary Question response to me that “these regulations will be updated and published in draft form for further consultation with the relevant education stakeholders following enactment of the Bill.”
“In my view, it is essential for these regulations to be published in conjunction with the Bill so that stakeholders will have a clear view of the impact of the legislation in its entirety.
“Various organisations, including the Irish language sector, disability groups and broader human rights based organisations have been in touch with concerns in relation to the proposed legislation and the criteria that may be applied in cases of over subscribed schools.
“I am calling on the Minister for Education and Skills to publish the updated draft regulations as soon as possible to allow stakeholders and legislators to make informed decisions in relation to this legislation.”