– Monaghan Senator spearheaded campaign for more flexibility for programme – Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has welcomed a decision to extend the duration of the Teacher Exchange Programme. Up until this point the teachers could take part in the scheme for a maximum of 5 years but following a proactive campaign by Senator Gallagher… Continue reading Gallagher secures extension to Teacher Exchange Scheme
– Bruton takes a backseat as Junior Cert row rumbles on – Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has expressed his frustration with the Education Minister over his failure to bring an end to the ASTI dispute over Junior Cert assessment. The new assessment task for the Junior Cert begins this week, but students in ASTI… Continue reading Junior Cert students to lose marks while Minister peddles PR project – Gallagher
Fianna Fail TDs meet with Minister of State John Halligan to discuss measures to improve school transport Scheme Fianna Fail TDs Thomas Byrne and TD Bobby Aylward have met with Minister John Halligan to address issues of concern regarding the School Bus Transport Scheme. Senator Robbie Gallagher as Spokesperson for Education in the Seanad is… Continue reading Fianna Fail TDs meet with Minister of State John Halligan to discuss measures to improve school transport Scheme
Here in Ireland we have the highest participation in third level education in the EU. However this has become overshadowed by a student accommodation crisis which is causing a huge amount of stress and financial burden to young people and their families throughout the country. USI have reported that 58% of students go without 1 meal a day in order to cut costs and to be able to afford to stay in college. To solve this issue we could create a bank fund for universities to build more housing for their students and also start to decentralize third level institutes to outside our cities.
Ireland has the highest level of participation in third level education in the EU, this is something we should be very proud of. However student accommodation in our capital in particular is a continuous crisis issue which is effecting families throughout the country who have children going to university here. In 2014 57,000 accommodation spaces were needed to meet demand, this figure is growing and is coupled with sky-high rents.
According to the USI 58% of students miss 1 meal each day to be able to afford to stay in University. 34% go without heating.
Something needs to be done to relieve this problem which is spiraling out of control. A bank fund could be set up to fund colleges to build more student accommodation. There is also the option of de-centralizing University courses to outside the capital.