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CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT PRIMARY/PRE-SCHOOL ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

Published: 2 January, 2019

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has raised a number of concerns about the online application process for pre-school and primary school places which opened today.

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has raised a number of concerns about the online application process for pre-school and primary school places which opened today.

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has contacted Education Authority Chief Executive Gavin Boyd by e-mail to raise a number of concerns about the online application process for pre-school and primary school places which opened today.

The West Tyrone councillor said,

"While there has been a focus on problems some parents have been having with the online process through the EA website, I have written to Gavin Boyd with a number about a number of other concerns. Firstly, there are many rural people who have poor internet access and may not be able to complete their application online. Secondly, there will also be many who are uncomfortable with completing the application process online.

"Whilst I understand the online application process may offer advantages, I also know that deadlines were missed with the paper application process and I fear there will inevitably be issues with the new online enrolment process and I have urged the Education Authority to be flexible in this regard.

"I have therefore asked Gavin Boyd to give assurances that there will be some flexibility and alternative mechanism/s available for those unable to complete the enrolment application online such as providing an opportunity for parents to complete an enrolment form at their local EA offices.

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