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Poll: Should schools introduce 'CAO-style' admission?

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network has proposed the idea, saying that parents could rank their school choices similar to how the CAO form is organised.

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairí Quinn is to introduce legislation to bring about changes in school enrolment rules, and end the ‘first come, first served’ practice.

Today, the Irish Primary Principals’ Network has proposed a new system of ‘CAO-style’ admission to both primary and secondary schools.

It says that parents could rank their school choices in a CAO-style manner, using a centralised application system.

If a school could not cope with demand, a lottery system would then kick in.

While some may welcome this new idea as an alternative to the current system, others may fear it would mean children would end up in schools far from their home location, for example.

Should schools introduce CAO-style admission?


Poll Results:

No (1107)
I'm not sure (886)
Yes (282)



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