Education Board to meet concerned Cork parents over school delays 

Education Board to meet concerned Cork parents over school delays 

Concerned Carrigtwohill parents are to voice their frustration over school development delays with the Cork Education and Training Board tomorrow evening.

The Carrigtwohill Community College Parents Association has organised the meeting to raise its concerns with the CETB over ongoing delays to upgrades at the school.

Delays have riddled a project which would see Carrigtwohill Community College, Scoil Chlíodhna Community National School and Scoil Mhuire Naofa move to one central campus in the heart of Carrigtwohill, to the frustration of parents in the region.

Carrigtwohill Community College is currently occupying a former office block and recently installed prefabs amid delays to a proposed three-school campus in the area that was promised in 2012.

The Echo recently revealed that more than 30 school children in Carrigtwohill were warned there may not be a place for them at the local secondary school next year due to capacity issues.

Local politicians including TDs Sean Sherlock (Lab) and David Stanton (FG) are expected to attend tomorrow's meeting at Carrigtwohill Community Centre along with Cllr Anthony Barry (FG).

The CETB has requested a ten minute speaking slot to address concerns raised by parents.

Deputy Sherlock raised the issue in the Dail this week.

“The people of Carrigtwohill are now being told that it could be 2023 by the time the school opens there and that a process is being gone through with Cork County Council,” he said.

"We have had some engagement with the (Cork) Education and Training Board.

“As late as last Friday, we were told that a certain number of places for the Carrigtwohill area for the 2020 intake up to 2023 will be provided,” he added.

“We must still ensure that no young student is without a school place so I ask the Minister to do his level best on this.” In response, Minister for Education and Skills Deputy Joe McHugh said it is important that CETB continue to liaise with one another and continue to ensure that relevant information and updates are put out there.

He said he is confident that this major project is being treated with seriousness.

“There are some important areas to address and examinations that need to be done before moving onto the next stages,” added Minister McHugh.

“If there is an outstanding demand for school places in September 2020, we have vigilant officials who will deal with that.”

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