Dáil Éireann - Volume 607 - 11 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Education Schemes.

  413. Mr. Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science if transition year is compulsory where it is deemed so by the school authorities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27487/05]

[700]   Ms Hanafin: The transition year programme is optional for each school. A minority of schools do not offer transition year at all. In others, it may be available as an optional programme for some pupils. Some schools, in deciding to offer the programme, require all pupils to take the programme in accordance with their curriculum provision across the school. This decision is made by school management.

If a parent is unhappy with matters concerned with the management of the school they may make representations to the principal, the board of management and, in the case of a VEC school, the local vocational education committee.