The Mid-West Humanists met Jan O’Sullivan T.D. Minister for Education and Skills on 24 April 2015.
We asked the Minister not to change the Leases of National Schools via a 1997 model Deed of Variation.
In another post we explain about National School leases.
We show here the letter which we gave to the Minister, in which we explained our concerns.
24 April 2015
To Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills
Deeds of Variation should not be applied to National School Leases
Dear Minister O’Sullivan
- We seek information on whether (and if so, when) the Department of Education and Skills plans to apply the Deeds of Variation to the leases of schools, Deeds that were first drafted about 1997.
- We ask that the Leases of Primary (National) Schools not be altered as in the model Deeds of Variation of 1997 or as in any similar model. The schools are now managed by persons or groups of persons who belong to particular religions, and, contrary to popular belief, their leases (which are their agreements with the Department) do not restrict the operation of the schools to fit with those religions, and are quite neutral about religion. (The Education Act 1998 requires a school to have a characteristic spirit, but this is not solely about religion, and the schools’ leases of which we know do not determine any aspect of the characteristic spirit.)
We seek that the leases not be changed according to the model Deed of Variation of 1997 or similar model, because the present leases would allow a school to be secular in many aspects, and the varied leases would make each school tied to the particular religion. Between 1997 and 2015 society in Ireland has become more secular; it has not become more religious. Continue reading
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