Minister Must Ensure Roadblocks to Education are Eliminated - O'Brien
Sinn Féin TD and Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has responded to reports from the Higher Education Authority that Student Assistant Fund claims are up 28%.
The Cork North Central TD said -
“Once again we are seeing the impact of an underfunded education system. The HEA are today reporting a significant increase in applications for the Student Assistant Fund. This payment, in many cases, is key to ensuring that individuals whom otherwise would be unable to take up third level education, are in a position to do so”
“Despite her acknowledgment in February that the objective of the student assistance fund, is to assist, in a sensitive and compassionate manner, students who might otherwise, as a result of financial reasons, suffer severe hardship or be unable to continue with their third level studies, Minister Jan O’Sullivan has refused to provide a top-up to the fund as was done in the past”
“This comes just days following the Labour party’s annual conference in which there was much pontificating on the need for action in tackling the issue of inequality in education. While I welcome the sentiments expressed by the party, what we need now is for the Minister to take action on this issue and ensure any roadblocks to education are eliminated”