Canney says Minister for Education is not hearing concerns of all parents

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Galway East TD Seán Canney has raised concerns that the Minister for Education is not hearing the concerns of two national parents’ associations which represent 340,000 parents and guardians.

The Independent TD has said that neither the Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Association (CSSPA) nor the Education Training Boards National Parents Association (ETBsNPA) have been consulted on the current situation regarding schools and exams.

“There are 726 Post Primary Schools in Ireland and these two organisations represent 612 of these schools but they are not being consulted,” said Deputy Canney.

“This is a glaring omission on behalf of the Minister despite her claims that she is listening to the concerns of parents and guardians.”

Seán Canney TD said that he supports the calls by both organisations for the Minister to engage in a meaningful way with all parents’ associations as a matter of urgency.

“Students and parents have had a particularly difficult time and especially in relation to exams and home schooling,” he added.

“Parents and guardians are there to find solutions and the actions of the Minister has excluded the majority of parents/ guardians and their representatives right across the country including Galway East.

“In Tuam for instance there are four secondary schools represented by CSSPA and ETBsNPA but their voices are not being heard.”