Dáil Éireann - Volume 228 - 23 May, 1967
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Comprehensive Schools.
Mr. Andrews Mr. Andrews
27. Mr. Andrews asked the Minister for Education if he will define the term comprehensive school; and if he is prepared to recognise a school which functions fully in accordance with the comprehensive school system as an institution acceptable to his Department for official recognition purposes.
Mr. Haughey Mr. Haughey
Mr. Haughey: A comprehensive school caters for the interests and aptitudes of all the pupils in the area in which it is located, and, therefore, has no entrance requirement other than that of age. It combines academic and technical subjects in a wide curriculum and makes available a continuing educational and vocational guidance service for all pupils. Such a school, therefore, provides equality of educational opportunity and offers to each pupil an education structured to his needs and interests.
As regards the second part of the question, each application for recognition of a post-primary school has to be considered on its merits. If the Deputy has a particular case in mind, perhaps he would let me have details and I will look into the matter.
Dáil Éireann 228 Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. Comprehensive Schools.