OECD report condemns Government’s record on Education – Doherty
Speaking in response to the publication of the OECD report, Education at a glance 2010, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Senator Pearse Doherty has said that the report highlights what we already know – that this government is in no way serious about education and has presided over a sector which is in a funding crisis.
The Senator said that the government needs to “get real” about education and has demanded a return to free education as of right.
Senator Doherty said:
“The report published today has confirmed what we already know – that this government is more wrapped up in looking after its own interests and helping out its crony friends than developing an education sector that works, is fair and equitable and delivers quality education. This government is in no way serious about education and has presided over a sector which is in a funding crisis.
“People pay taxes on the reasonable assumption that they will in turn be afforded with quality public services. The fact that Irelands ranks fourth last in terms of education spending and has the second highest class sizes in the EU is a kick in the face to taxpayers.
“The cost of education in this state is beyond a joke with research from Bank of Ireland Life indicating that the cost of educating a child from primary up to third level is upwards of €70,000.
“The government and Minister for Education need to get real. They cannot waste billions of taxpayers’ money bailing out banks while at the same time delivering substandard public services such as education.
“We need to use education as a tool to rebuild the economy and to equip future workers with the knowledge and tools they need to make Ireland prosperous. We cannot do this unless we move back to a system of free education as a right and which does not discriminate on the basis of the ability to pay.” ENDS