CPSMA AGM told that deletion of Rule 68 “may have unwittingly edged us closer to a situation whereby the State is no longer providing for education through a plurality of providers, but is itself providing a monolithic-type state education”.
“The demand for Catholic schools is strong. The demand for other forms of patronage is growing. The process of diversification is still too slow.”
Arbitrary cap on faith-based admissions prevents the Church from meeting the demand from Catholic parents for places for their children and could cause schools to turn away Catholic families on the grounds of their faith.
The NCCA wants more time to be spent teaching maths, Irish and English as well as a proposed new course called Education about Religion, Beliefs and Ethics instead of religion.