McDonald calls for CAO-style allocation system for secondary school places in Wexford Town

Published on: 12 November 2018

Wexford County Councillor, Lisa McDonald has said that the now annual admissions chaos in the Wexford Town area must be addressed through additional school capacity and a change in how places are offered to pupils.

Cllr. McDonald, who is a Fianna Fáil General Election candidate in the county, made the calls as it emerged that 177 potential first year students are on the St. Peter’s College waiting list and the CBS waiting list is just as long, for the 2019 intake.

“Last week, parents and pupils found out whether they were lucky enough to secure a place in the lottery. Many pupils have been left very disappointed.

“Fianna Fáil has warned previously that the admission’s policy for secondary schools in Wexford needs to be changed to make it fairer.

“The Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne TD has written to the Minister for Education seeking a meeting with myself, and my Wexford colleague, James Browne TD to discuss the issue”.

“Fundamentally, we need an increase in school capacity in the Wexford town area. The school-going population is continually growing, and plans must be put in place for more pupils over the next 3-4 years.

“Additionally, serious consideration needs to be given to changing how we allocate school places. There is a new model being used in the Limerick area where a ‘CSO-style’ system is in place and where prospective first year pupils rank their school choices in the same way as Leaving Cert pupils rank their college course choices.

“We need to remove the feeling of being in limbo for pupils and their parents. It causes great concern and I believe it is totally unnecessary.

“I will be raising this suggestion with the Minister for Education once our meeting is confirmed. We cannot continue to leave the system as is. It’s too unfair,” concluded Cllr. McDonald.

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