Government must do more to reduce costs of going to college – Crowe
Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said the government must do more than lip service to reduce the costs of going to college.
Responding to the Irish League of Credit Unions latest research showing the rising costs of a student going to college is r almost €1000 per month Deputy Crowe said this makes a mockery of the idea of a free and accessible education in Ireland.
Speaking today Deputy Crowe said;
“Nobody should be surprised that parents are saving to send their children to college. This has always been the case but the difference these days is that many families are struggling with austerity and rising unemployment and the government is not doing enough to reduce the costs of actually attending college.
“The SUSI system that processes the grants has been a disaster from start to finish with thousands of students supposed to live on fresh air while waiting for their grant to be processed. This is putting added pressure on already struggling students and their families who are desperately trying to support them.
“Some 56,000 leaving cert students will get their results tomorrow and many of them will be hoping to get their preferred course when the CAO offers are made on Monday. But the sad reality is that many of them will not be able to take up the offer and many more will drop out due to purely financial difficulties.
“All of this makes a mockery of the idea of free and accessible education in Ireland.
“The Labour Party was elected on a promise not to increase third level fees but that was broken as soon as they entered government.
“This government, and the Labour Party in particular, needs to do more to tackle the practical costs and not just pay lip service to the supports needed to go to college and receive a third level education.”