We urge that legal changes be made to primary schools’ admissions criteria for P1 enrolment, to prevent the predicament in which many families find themselves due to the current system. Unfortunately we have many situations where children are being denied admission to their local school and instead are being forced to travel miles to attend schools in different towns. This affects children's socialization of not having classmates in their community; it negatively impacts on the environment due to increased fuel consumption; and it causes loss of productivity. This is mainly due to schools not having proximity from child's home to school as one of the main admissions criteria, which is what would make the system fair. To ensure the admissions criteria is fair for everyone, the following needs to come first, or second, if there is currently a sibling attending the school, on the admissions criteria:
Proximity from a child’s home to school.
- Minister for Education
John O'Dowd MLA
Change Primary Schools Admissions Criteria
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