Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Jonathan O’Brien, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, called on the Government to ensure that fee waivers were made available to community education providers.
The Cork North Central TD said;
“There is a well-founded fear among many community education providers mean new QQI rules mean that they will have to have to pay fees of up to €5,000 to QQI.
“This will mean many of these not-for-profit providers will not be in a position to maintain the range of courses they are providing that have been very successful across communities in helping learners meet their needs.
“Sinn Féin is calling on the Government to introduce a waiver scheme for community education providers that operate on a not-for-profit basis to enable them to continue the good work they do.
“Community education should be valued and enhanced by this Government not pushed to the pin of their collars because of relentless cutbacks to funding and increases to fees.”