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Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016. Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of ParentsTags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenitng


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark.

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) have confirmed that students over the age of 18 have the right to control their own personal data.

The DPC also suggested that schools could give students the option whether their parents conitinue to receive correspondence from the school.

The director of The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD), Clive Byrne, is reported as commenting:

"This is a real issue which schools will need to come to terms with [...] There are more over-18s at school these days due to children starting school at five as well as transition year, but many schools are not familiar with their legal obligations."

The Times also reported that young adults in school will also be allowed to take greivance procedures against individual teachers without their parents' knowledge.

Speaking to The Irish Times, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education said 'compliance with data protection legislation was a matter for the school boards of management.'

Read the full article in The Irish Times here.


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