Education

Are children of asylum seekers required to attend school?

Under the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, education in Ireland is compulsory from age 6 to 16 or until students, including children of asylum seekers, have completed three years of second level (post-primary) education.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) is the national agency with responsibility for encouraging and supporting regular school attendance. It can assist parents in securing a school place for their child where local efforts to do so have failed.

Are children of asylum seekers eligible for school transport?

Transport is provided to eligible children, in keeping with the terms of the School Transport Scheme operated by Bus Eireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, based on distance from school, on the same basis as the rest of the community.

Are children of asylum seekers eligible for any financial assistance towards the cost of school uniforms?

Parents of children living in RIA centres can apply for financial assistance towards the purchase of school uniforms under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Scheme BTSCFA from the local Community Welfare Officer, on the same basis as the rest of the community.


Are children of asylum seekers exempt from the fees for the State Examinations?

An exemption from fees for State Examinations is available to holders of medical cards, including children of asylum seekers, on the same basis as the rest of the community.

Are children of asylum seekers eligible under the Early Childhood Care Scheme ECCE?

Children of preschool age have access to preschool educationin the same basis as Irish children under the Early Childhood Care Scheme ECCE.

What classes can adult asylum seekers avail of?

Adult asylum seekers may avail of free access to adult literacy andEnglish language tuition provided by Vocational Educational Committees (VECs). The local VECs provide English language classes using local tutors.

Can adult asylum seekers get any State supports in order to access courses in the Higher and Further Education Sector?

Asylum seekers cannot access any State supports in order to access courses in the Higher and Further education sector.The Department of Education and Skills produced a memo dated 27 September 2001 for Chief Executive Offices of VECs, Principals of PLC Colleges and National Coordinatorsregarding access to PLC, VTOS and Youthreach programmes for non EU nationals. This memo outlines the arrangements that apply to non-Irish nationals who seek entry to education. This memo can be found on the link at the start of the answer to the preceding question.