Students could soon sit on boards of management in their schools

Schools could also be forced to provide performance updates to parents

Students could soon sit on boards of management in their schools

Students in the classroom at Colaiste Bride school in Clondalkin, Dublin | Image:

Students could get more of a say in how their secondary school is run.

A new bill being put forward has outlined how young people could possibly sit on the board of management.

The proposals would also force schools to give parents and students performance updates.

The Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill is set to be published over the coming weeks.

The Irish Times reports that all schools will be required by law to have a parent and student charter based on key guidelines set out by the Education Minister Richard Bruton.

Schools may also be required to provide information on the number of complaints made against it.

Education editor with the Irish Times, Carl O'Brien, says boards of management have a very strong position in the running of the school.

He told Newstalk Breakfast: "For all the talk of having a student-centred education system, which is a big buzzword at the moment, young people and their parents often really have very little voice when it comes to crucial decisions.

"And that's really because boards of management are in effect independent...they're not really answerable to anybody including - believe it or not - the Department of Education".

He says having students on boards of management is far from certain.