Deputy Peadar Tóibín has expressed his extreme frustration at the lack of progress in addressing the issue of first-year student waiting lists for the Boyne Secondary by the Department of Education.

Tóibín told Meath Live” “Every year I am aware there is a concern for parents and students trying to gain admission to Secondary Schools in Trim with increasing waiting lists year on year. It became apparent very early on in the application process that the demand was greater this year than others from the number of worried parents contacting me directly. I had been in contact with these schools and organised a public meeting in Trim for parents and prospective students last November to get a more accurate picture of the level of demand for first-year students in September 2022.

Since then I have had ongoing contact with the Dept. of Education in Tullamore and Minister Foley’s private secretary to address the looming crisis to seek a solution where it was obvious many students would be left disappointed once the final round offers were made. While the Minister’s office was aware of the situation there was very much a sense that the issue would sort itself out similar to other years that most students would be offered a place eventually. But we knew in advance this was never going to be the case and we now have over 30 students left in limbo.

 

“It was quite clear that additional modular classroom space was needed to accommodate the extra demand and I stressed this to the Dept. of Education School’s Capital Appraisal Section back in November. I have been phoning the Dept of Education to get updates, but am being told because staff in that section are working from home I would have to wait to get a callback. I’m still waiting to hear back from that office and it’s quite clear the department is not fulfilling its obligations in addressing the situation.”