Speaking from Leinster House today, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien commented on the appointment of Jan O’Sullivan TD as Minister for Education and Skills and urged her to take a new direction in education policy.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“I look forward to working with Jan O’Sullivan as the new Minister for Education.
“However it is very clear that their predecessor Deputy Quinn made massive mistakes in the role of Education Minister including making drastic cuts to career guidance resources, not allocating appropriate levels of resources to Junior Cycle reform and not engaging with the teaching unions.
“Clearly there is a need for increased appropriate investment in education and Minister O’Sullivan must not continue the practice of bringing in underhanded cuts through amending criteria that are applied to accessing resources such as SNAs.
“Minister O’Sullivan must commit to working with the unions to reform the Junior Cycle, ensure that people are given options in further education and training and ensure that children with special educational needs are given the support they need, and no moves are made to increase the cost of attending third level for students who are already stretched to the limit.
“Ultimately what is needed is a complete change of government but I would ask Minister O’Sullivan to use the limited time the Labour Party have left in Government to make positive changes and ensure pupils and students receive the education that they deserve.”