From the Irish Times today:
I think that is a reasonable opinion. If people can't be bothered to reply to surveys such as this, then why should they believe they should be taken seriously?SEÁN FLYNN, Education Editor
Only a tiny percentage of parents in some areas favour changes to school patronage, according to a senior figure in Catholic education.
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has claimed the results of parental surveys in five pilot areas show a strong demand for change. After the publication of the survey results this week, the Department of Education hopes to begin the process of handing over Catholic-run schools to other patron bodies by September 2014.
However, Father Michael Drumm of the Catholic Schools Partnership maintains only 25 per cent of relevant parents in the areas surveyed responded to the survey.
“ I am not clear as to why the Department of Education cannot publish the exact statistic on the percentage of parents who participated. I think people should look at the real figures. Take Arklow – those who want change are parents of 80 children in a school population of 1,965. That is only 4 per cent .’’
Parents want more choice of schools - Latest News, Education - Independent.ie
I believe there should be more school diversity, wider choice of school patronage but am firmly Pro-Catholic school.A total of 1,788 valid survey responses were received, representing 3,494 children in the five areas.
Between 37pc to 50pc of respondents across the five areas supported a wider choice of patron. The percentage who said they would send their children to an alternative school patron if available ranged from 25pc to 35pc, while those who did not want to see more choice ranged from 35pc to 44pc.
Between 70pc and 80pc chose English medium schools, while the preference for Irish medium instruction ranged from almost 10pc to 21pc.
Of those parents seeking wider choice, Educate Together was the first preference of 56pc to 76pc.
I would love the Atheists/Agnostics and Muslims etc. to send their children elsewhere and leave my children alone to celebrate nativity plays in peace! More Educate Together!!!!
Still, it seems there is some weakish support for these types of schools, certainly not the massive, overwhelming ,
majority the media believes.