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Tackling educational disadvantage must be a real priority

2 November, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor Robert Sargent was last night elected to the City of Dublin VEC and immediately pledged to work with teachers, parents and pupils to tackle inequality and disadvantage in the education system.

Speaking after his election Councillor Sargent expressed his delight by saying:

"I am very hounoured to have been elected to the City of Dublin VEC and pledge to work hard around this important issue. Inequality and disadvantage are widespread in our education system and we face many challenges including run down school buildings, a lack of special needs teachers, 20% secondary school drop out rate and widespread functional illiteracy in the adult population.

"I will be working with my colleagues on Dublin City Council and in the Dáil to secure support for the provision of VEC and local authority run breakfast and homework clubs, increased funding for pre-school programmes, reduction in the teacher pupil ratio and a reversal in the capping of PLC courses and cuts to the Back to Education Initiative.

"Central to my approach will be working with teachers, parents and pupils in order to make a positive difference to the education sector in the city." ENDS

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