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Crowe calls for implementation of McIver report on Education

8 March, 2006


Speaking at a TUI Questions and Answers session in Jury’s Hotel Ballsbridge last night, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe TD urged the government to finally implement the McIver Report of 2003. Deputy Crowe said the failure to implement the recommendations of McIver has “made a mockery of the governments claims to prioritise tackling educational inequality”. 

The McIver report, commissioned under Sustaining Progress, makes suggestions to provide appropriate resourcing, staffing, structuring and development of the PLC sector.

Deputy Crowe said, “The bulk of the approximately 30,000 students who make up the PLC sector are being disadvantaged and these students must no longer be ignored. Further education colleges have a pivotal role to play in education and these colleges offer many students the chance to progress. Tackling educational inequality and providing access for all students to education are absolute priorities for Sinn Féin and we fully support the report. The failure to implement the recommendations of McIver has made a mockery of the governments claims to prioritise the tackling of educational inequality. After 3 years of posturing by the Department of Education, it is surely now time to implement it.” ENDS

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