Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2013. Tags: Primary School News
The ethos of primary schools
that remain under Catholic control when other schools are handed over to different patron bodies needs to be respected.
This is according to Professor Eamonn Conway, head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and a priest of the Tuam archdiocese, who was speaking in response to Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn's claims that parents are becoming increasingly demanding for a wider diversity of school patrons.
Professor Conway said that while the church welcomes greater provision of alternative school patronage, it hopes those schools that remain under Catholic control are permitted to carry on as they are.
He explained the church would like to see guarantees that the ethos of these learning institutes will be safeguarded, nor will it be "diminished or diluted by the need to accommodate those of other faiths or none".
The comments came after recent surveys in five pilot areas suggested an endorsement of denominational education, with Professor Conway noting only between five and eight per cent of parents were in favour of change in each of the different regions.
Written by Donal Walsh