UN Committee on the Rights of the Child -Education Section

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February 9, 2016 by johnston00

Education, leisure and cultural activities (arts. 28, 29, 30 and 31)

  1. The Committee welcomes the establishment of the Forum on Pluralism and Patronage in the Private Sector to attempt addressing the need for diversity in the types of schools available to children in the State party. However, the Committee remains concerned at the very small number of non-denominational schools. The Committee is also concerned about:

(a)     Schools continuing to practise discriminatory admissions policies on the basis of the child’s religion and/or whether his or her parent(s) are former students of the school;

(b)     Incomplete complaints-handling structures in the education sector;

(c)     The pressure that the Leaving Certificate Examination places on children; and,

(d)     Insufficient physical activities in school, which can be enjoyed by all students.

  1. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a)     Expeditiously undertake concrete measures to significantly increase the availability of non-denominational or multidenominational schools and to amend the existing legislative framework to eliminate discrimination in school admissions, including the Equal Status Act;

(b)     Establish an effective complaints mechanism for students in schools;

(c)     Consider reforming the Leaving Certificate Examination with a view to reducing the stress caused to children by it; and,

(d)     Develop curriculum of physical leisure activities which can be enjoyed by all students.

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