Parents in Kerry raise concerns about school enrolment policies

Cathaoirleach of Killarney Municipal District Cllr Brendan Cronin wearing the new chain of office. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Parents have raised concerns about the enrolment policies in Kerry secondary schools.

They claim children living within the catchment area and attending feeder schools are being denied places.

However, children from areas further away from the school are receiving places, according to concerned parents.

The issue has been raised with politicians who say it is causing stress and upset for Kerry families.

Schools are not doing any wrong by adopting such policies, but Councillor Brendan Cronin says it is splitting communities apart.



Cllr Brendan Cronin is calling on the Minister for Education Joe McHugh to conduct a full review of school admission policies.

Meanwhile, Deputy Martin Ferris raised the issue with the Minister for Education in January.

The Department says enrolment is the responsibility of the managerial authorities in schools, and they do not seek to intervene in such decisions.