The Education (Amendment Bill) to establish Ombudsman for Education

The Dáil will debate the Education (Amendment Bill) today, 21 July 2016, which seeks to establish an Ombudsman for Education. The Ombudsman would hold schools to account and provide an avenue for parents to appeal board decisions for the first time.

Under the current system, parents must appeal decisions directly to the principal or board which made the decisions in the first place. Establishment of an Ombudsman would provide an impartial body to deal with such complaints.

There is some opposition to its establishment however. The Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Muldoon, is strongly against its establishment as he feels it will lead to significant legal costs for schools and parents and has suggested the creation of a more robust statutory complaints mechanism instead.

Source: The Irish Times