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Time is right to bring back third-level fees and grants

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 30 July 2010 by Steve

“The abolition of third-level fees means it is almost entirely the children of the better-off who literally cash in. A good educational system, producing bright, motivated students, is a critical part of a strong economy …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 30 July]

Reform of third-level grant scheme shelved, says Quinn

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , , on 14 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“New moves to reform the third-level grant scheme – which would make it easier for students to access grants – have been shelved by the Government, Labour’s Ruairi Quinn said yesterday. The Student Support Bill is intended to streamline the application for grants and reduce the bureaucracy involved. It will transfer sole responsibility for student grants to Vocational Education Committees (VECs). Mr Quinn said the decision showed Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe had no desire to help students …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 14 May]

College students face grant application woe over reforms delay

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 14 May 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Around 60,000 college students face the same red tape with grant applications for the foreseeable future as budget restrictions are to prevent the rollout of major reforms of the system. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has revealed that, although he hopes to re-introduce the legislation to transfer operation of all grants to Vocational Education Committees (VECs) by the summer, it will not, however, be implemented immediately …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 May]