The parents of primary school children will soon be asked to give personal details about their children including Ethnicity, religion and their PPSN.
Is it compulsory?
And yet;All pupils must be on POD in order to be counted for schoolís capitation payment and
teacher allocation purposes.
The reason they say is;, it is necessary for each individual pupilís parent/guardian to
identify their own religion and ethnic or cultural background, and to consent for this
information to be transferred to the Department of Education and Skills.
I have to say it irks me a bit that my three youngest will be nothing but numbers in a giant system ,neatly pigeon holed for convenience.An online system will help to
eliminate duplication in data requests to schools and allow real time information to be
accessed centrally in the Department for school inspections and other administrative
functions and reduce the response burden on schools.
Will people perceive this as another arm of the government forcing them to give personal details?, not that long ago a quango masquerading as a utility company asked for the very same details ,threatening to turn our water supplies down to a trickle if none were furnished.