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Sinn Féin calls for more action on cross border education issues

7 November, 2014 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Speaking following the meeting of the North South Inter Parliamentary Association today in Leinster House, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD called more action on cross border education issues including the need to address barriers to accessing third level education in a different jurisdiction for students.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“Although some progress has been made in the area of education, there are outstanding issues which could be resolved quite easily that would make a massive difference for students from the 26 Counties who wish to access higher education in the north and vice versa.

“Every year we hear from students and teachers from the north who believe that there is a disparity in recognition of qualifications achieved in the A Levels or applied A Levels when it comes to applying to third level in the south.

“There isn’t the same recognition of the value of the applied A Level down here by institutions and the CAO system doesn’t recognise the A* grade.

“These are matters that could be rectified quite easily if there was the political will do it – leaving it unaddressed is, in many cases, depriving students of an opportunity to study in this jurisdiction because different goal posts are put in front of them.

“I am also aware of many students from the 26 Counties who are from disadvantaged backgrounds who would thrive in certain courses in the north and cannot access them because they cannot access SUSI support for the fees.

“Students should not be deprived of educational opportunities as a result of a poor vision for education on the part of the Fine Gael/Labour government.

“Sinn Féin will continue to push for an all-Ireland education system based on equality and not who can pay the most.”

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