Call for review of Limerick school application system

There has been a call for a review of the Common Application System, which allocates secondary school places in Limerick city after one pupil received nine rejection letters.

The CAS was established 15 years ago to end inequality in which some students could not get a secondary school place.

Pupils going to secondary schools across Limerick city list their choice of schools through CAS hoping to get their first choice.

if not a school is selected for them.

It started after some schools were cherry-picking students while other students could not get a place at all.

The system has for the most part worked but one child got nine refusal letters this week and it is understood nine other children are also waiting for a place.

The matter has now been raised in the Dáil and Minister for Education Joe McHugh has committed to improving the scheme so other children do not face similar rejection letters.

Principal of Corpus Christi School in Moyross Tiernan O’Neill said: “this system was put in place to end inequality but unfortunately no system is perfect and  some children are still getting long lists of rejection letters, which is very sad.

“In an age when we are placing so much emphasis on good  mental health, this is no way to treat children as they embark on their secondary school education.”

Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan, who raised the case with the Minister for Education, has asked that steps be taken with the Limerick  Education Board, who manage the scheme, to ensure that no other child gets nine rejection letters

He said the child and his family were distraught by the news when all his friends were getting acceptance letters for the schools of their choice.

“It’s simply not acceptable”, he said. 

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