Dáil Éireann - Volume 627 - 14 November, 2006
Written Answers. - School Accommodation.
Mr. Costello Mr. Costello
Mr. Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science her response to the recent recommendation of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child that the State should promote the establishment of non-denominational and multi denominational schools; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination issued a similar recom mendation in 2005; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37677/06]
Ms Hanafin Ms Hanafin
Ms Hanafin: The criteria and procedures for the recognition of new primary schools were revised in 2002 based on the recommendations of a report of the Commission on School Accommodation, on which the Education Partners were represented.
Applications for the recognition of new primary schools are assessed by an independent advisory board (the New Schools Advisory Committee) on the basis of the facts provided by the patron body in support of the case for the new school and the likely demand for places. Schools are granted provisional recognition and permanent recognition follows when long term viability has been established on actual enrolments over a period.
Under this process all patron bodies are treated on an equal footing regardless of whether they are denominational, inter-denominational or multi-denominational. The Committee’s annual programme of work culminates in a report with recommendations on the granting of recognition to application. I am happy to support all new schools where it has been clearly demonstrated in accordance with the criteria that a demand exists.
Dáil Éireann 627 Written Answers. School Accommodation.