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June 2017

Religion and School Admissions

Yesterday (Wednesday 28 June) the Minister for Education and Skills set out his preferred policy approach for amending primary school admissions legislation on the issue of the role that religion can play in the process. He made his comments at the Oireachtas Committee hearing on the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill.

The Minister’s remarks are available to read here.

In a submission to the DES on the matter the INTO favoured an outright prohibition on using religion as a factor in admissions.

It is the INTO’s view that using religion as part of an admissions process runs counter to the principles of inclusion and is a barrier to the equal treatment of children. The INTO urged the Minister to consider the negative and discriminatory impact of this in the proposed Admissions Bill.

The INTO will seek guidance for schools in the matter of admissions and the drafting of enrolment policies consistent with the promotion of inclusive schools.

InTouch (April 2017, p.13) report on the INTO submission.

The full INTO submission is available in the Members Area of the INTO website.

Date: Thursday, 29 June 17