Pluralism and Patronage in Primary Schools
Consultation proposals to be announced.
The DES will today ask Education and Training Boards (ETBI) to identify areas needing new multi-denominational schools. The ETBIs will then be asked to hold discussions with the Catholic Church on divesting some schools under its patronage.
The DES envisages some Catholic schools transferring to multi-denominational status. According to the DES there would be a role for "the existing landowner", (the Catholic Church) in determining which patron would run a divested school. The State would then lease the school from the Catholic Church.
Date: Monday, 30 January 17