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Survey on school patronage

January 28, 2013

Sir, – I am happy to clarify that Alan Whelan’s preferences (January 24th) will be taken into account – along with the views of every other parent of 0-12-year-old children in each town covered by the primary school patronage survey who fills in the survey at www.education.ie.

It is open to either or both parents or guardians using their PPS numbers to complete the survey and to express their preferences regarding choice of school patron.

All preferences expressed by either parent or guardian will be counted and validated. However, t he number and age of children associated with each preference will be validated against the PPS number of the parent or guardian in receipt of child benefit.

I hope more parents will follow Mr Whelan’s lead and take the time to express their preferences on who they wish to see running their primary schools before the closing date of February 8th.

– Yours, etc,
Director of Communications, Department of Education, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.