Education

Post election: They’re bringing in fees!

By Conor Payne, UL Socialist Youth

AFTER INITIALLY saying it would announce its plans in relation to college fees in April, the government has delayed the decision. The hated Fianna Fail and Green government want to minimise the amount of “bad news” in the run-up to the European and Local Elections. Young people will not be fooled by this approach. There is no doubt that fees are on the cards and that they will deny access to education for thousands of young people.

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Interview with Student Teacher

SY – What are your job prospects like?

Maria - I am not at all confident about getting a job in the current climate. Having spent three years studying it looks as if it is for nothing. I have applied for advertised vacancies but I haven't even got interviews because this year there are loads of experienced teachers who are now unemployed because of the cutbacks, competing with those of us who are newly qualified. I have also sent out lots of CVs but haven't got a single reply.

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Education cuts: Damaging our children’s future

By Councillor Ruth Coppinger

 PARENTS VOTING on 5 June need to factor in a huge issue that will impact their children’s future but is being largely ignored in the media. When their kids return to school in September, two to three teachers will no longer be there and their school will be thousands of euro poorer. That means bigger classes with less attention for their child and more requests from school principals for parent donations to keep schools running.

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