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Schools face 10% cap on places for children of past pupils

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The new legislation published by the government gives the Minister for Education the right to regulate whether or not schools can favour the children of past pupils
The new legislation published by the government gives the Minister for Education the right to regulate whether or not schools can favour the children of past pupils

Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan will tell teachers at a conference today she supports a policy that allows schools reserve up to 10% of places for the children of past pupils.

Minister O'Sullivan is due to announce a range of new measures ahead of the annual conferences of the ASTI and TUI teacher unions in Killarney and Wexford. 

The new legislation published by the government gives the Minister for Education the right to regulate whether or not schools can favour the children of past pupils.

She will tell teachers that her view is that a “cap of perhaps 10pc of all school places is as high as such a threshold should be set”. 

Under the plans being announced today, schools will only be allowed to reserve one in 10 places for the children of past pupils 

Speaking this morning on RTE, O'Sullivan said a “fair and transparent” system is needed regarding school admission policy in Ireland. 

The new legislation gives power to some State agencies to compel a school, where necessary, to accept a child. It also bans the practice of schools charging parents who apply for a school place.