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Government ’Two Tier’ Education Policy Failing Clondalkin Young People

18 November, 2010

Sinn Fein Dublin Mid West representative Eoin Ó Broin has today accused the government of operating a ‘two tier education system’ and ‘failing the young people of Clondalkin.’

The claims come after the publication of the Irish Times Feeder Schools 2010 report which shows that young people in Clondalkin are significantly less likely to go on to third level education than young people in other, more affluent parts of the country.

Ó Broin said:

‘The Irish Times Feeder Schools 2010 report lists, school by school, the percentage of young people progressing to third level education across the country.

‘Of the six Clondalkin schools listed in the Irish Times report none reach the Governments own target of 70%.

‘What is more striking is the gap that exists between college attendance from schools in more affluent areas compared to those in disadvantaged areas.

‘Private fee paying schools in South County Dublin have between 80% and 100% of their students going on to third level education. In Clondalkin however the range is from 33% to 65%.’

‘Clondalkin still has the second highest unemployment rate in the country, with 9,902 people on the live register including 2,213 young people under the age of 25.

‘Despite the best efforts of parents and teachers, Government policy is failing those young people who are in most need of third level education.

‘Decades of underfunding schools in disadvantaged areas, coupled with cuts inflicted in recent budgets has resulted in a ‘two tier’ education system where attainment is determined by family income rather than ability.

‘Meanwhile Government continues to subsidise students in private schools while reducing funding and supports to schools is disadvantaged areas. Today’s report once again demonstrates the Fianna Fail-Green Party’s lack of commitment to tackling this problem.

‘We need to see increased investment in schools in disadvantaged areas at both primary and secondary level and an end to subsidies for private fee paying schools.’ ENDS

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