Education Minister Says Every School Must Be Welcoming Of Every Child

EDUCATION MINISTER SAYS EVERY SCHOOL MUST BE WELCOMING OF EVERY CHILD

The education minister is promising that new rules on school admissions will ensure every child is welcome in every school.

But Jan O’Sullivan has confirmed that new laws will still allow schools to hold back 10 percent of their places to the children of former pupils.

The minister has announced the details at the INTO Congress in Co Clare this morning.

She says the new Bill will guarantee that every child will be seen equally in the eyes of the law.

“Equality of opportunity must begin with equality of access” she said.

“This Bill will enshrine in law a ban on schools charging parents to apply for a place in school”.

“It makes clear that every school must be welcoming of every child – regardless of their colour, their abilities or disabilities, or indeed their sexual orientation or membership of the traveller community”.

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